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Dreger: Bryzgalov, Jagr discussions keeping NHL clubs busy

Darren Dreger
6/21/2011 10:31:34 PM
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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren admits it's a slow-go as he continues to work on getting Ilya Bryzgalov signed.

While Holmgren works at it, the sharks, otherwise known as rival GMs, circle the water in anticipation of the moves the Flyers may have to make to clear space for Bryzgalov's contract.

In the meantime, the possibility of Jaromir Jagr returning to the National Hockey League is real. There is interest, but, that interest is sensitive to a price.

The Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins are Jagr's preference for the soft-landing NHL comeback he has in mind. However, reports indicate a mysterious third team is in the mix as well.

Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, has contacted both the Pens and Red Wings and both have acknowledged they are willing to listen and continue investigating the opportunity.

Detroit is in the market for a top-six forward and a backup goalie, but has placed a priority on picking up a defenceman in unrestricted free agency.

Sources say the Red Wings have had a lot of internal discussions about Jagr and will soon decide whether or not to gamble on a one-year deal, somewhat similar to the risk they faced last year in signing Mike Modano.

Detroit may be intrigued by the vision of playing the 39-year-old former superstar with Pavel Datsyuk, or on the power play where Wings' captain Nick Lidstrom will lead the charge for at least one more season.

Jagr remains a hot commodity in the Kontinental Hockey League as well and some believe he's using the NHL as leverage to raise his value in the KHL.

Neither Detroit nor Pittsburgh are interested in a bidding war, so Jagr may have to decide what's most important to him - another crack at the Stanley Cup, or a league simply willing to pay him more.

Darren Dreger

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