We thought we would know by Wednesday which team Jaromir Jagr would spend next season with. Now, we don’t even know where Jagr is. Jagr was expected to land in New York mid-afternoon Wednesday, but as of 8 p.m. ET, his agent, Petr Svoboda, still hadn’t heard from him.
“I don’t know if he missed a connection,” Svoboda told the Detroit Free Press Wednesday night. “I have no clue.”
How’s that for a twist?
It’s just the latest in a saga that has dragged on longer than anyone originally anticipated, and it’s sparked some talk that Jagr may return to the KHL again next season. Assuming those are false, Jagr has a contract offer on the table from both Pittsburgh and Detroit, and a third as-of-yet unnamed team could still be in the mix.
At this point, we have to believe that the Red Wings are ready to move on. All recent indications are that Jagr’s leaning heavily towards a return to Pittsburgh, so Detroit may just be along for the ride.
Svoboda told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Jagr would choose a team Thursday — the last day before free agency officially begins. Should he hesitate any longer, he’ll put the teams in play for his services between a rock and a hard place. Do they wait and let Jagr take his time? Or do they pull their offer and move on?
There were also reports Wednesday that Jagr and the Penguins had agreed to terms — those were later shot down. So, we’re back to square one.
While it looks like the Penguins have the inside track, this whole situation’s unraveled in such a bizarre way that it’s impossible to predict what’s to come. Hopefully, Svoboda can start by simply getting in touch with his client.