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Staying Put: Jagr inks one-year deal with Avangard Omsk

TSN.ca Staff

5/4/2010 1:41:12 PM

Jaromir Jagr has signed a one-year contract extension with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, ending whatever chances there were of the 38-year-old returning to the National Hockey League.

Jagr told the media at a press conference that he hadn't negotiated with anybody other than Avangard Omsk and said he didn't want to get into a bidding war for his services.

"I prefer when there is only one offer, sometimes it is better," Jagr said. "I got used to both the city and the team [and] this was the most important," he added.

Asked if he would consider playing in the NHL once the contract expired, Jagr said wasn't sure if any teams would be interested.

"Next year I will be 39; I don't believe many clubs would like to have me [on their] team. One has to be realistic," he said.

Jagr, who will play for the Czech Republic in the world championship in Germany beginning this weekend, had 53 points in his first year with Omsk and 42 points last season.

Before joining Omsk, Jagr played 17 seasons in the NHL, spending time with Pittsburgh, Washington and the New York Rangers.