Report: Jagr receives offer to play in Russia

TSN.ca Staff with files
6/27/2008 9:55:42 AM
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The New York Post reports that New York Rangers winger Jaromir Jagr has received a three-year, $35 million contract offer to play with Omsk of the Russian Super League next season.

A source with connections in the Czech Republic told The Post that Jagr received the formal offer this week from Omsk general manager Anatoly Bardin after months of conversations.

But Jagr's agent Pat Brisson told TSN that his client's first priority is to play in the NHL.

Brisson added that hopefully over the next several days Jagr will be able to work something out with the New York Rangers. However, if a deal is not in place by that point, his client will look at all of his NHL options.

Jagr added, if the NHL interest isn't there, then at some point he will consider all of his European offers.

"I talked with Brisson last week in Ottawa before the draft and I told him we wanted to do a deal," Rangers general manager Glen Sather told the Post. "But there's been no communication back on their end.

"He has all the strings. There's nothing more that I can do at this point. If he wants to become a free agent and see what else is out there for him whether it's in the NHL or in Europe, that's his privilege.

"I know that he's told me before that he doesn't want to play in Europe, but at this point, I honestly don't know what he's thinking. "

Jagr scored just 25 goals and 71 points for the New York Rangers this year, the lowest totals of his NHL career.

Jaromir Jagr (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)


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