Jaromir Jagr's NHL Return Rumor

New York Hockey DailyContributor IApril 21, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 23:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of Czech Republic is pursued by Janis Sprukts #5 of Latvia during the ice hockey Men's Play-off qualification match between the Czech Republic and Latvia on day 12 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at UBC Thunderbird Arena on February 23, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Back during the Olympics, Jaromir Jagr made it known that now that his two-year contract in the Czech League is almost up he’s entertaining the idea of coming back to the NHL.

Could a return to the Rangers be a possibility? Probably not, at least I should hope not, but Glen Sather likes him and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I haven’t agreed with all of the moves he’s made. So until Jagr has another team I wouldn’t completely rule him out.

One of the teams that might sign Jagr is the Edmonton Oilers. That’s because they employ two of Jagr’s former coaches who happen to think a lot of the winger, Tom Renney and his former Omsk coach Wayne Fleming. Ales Hemsky has also said that he would like to see Jagr join his squad and has already said that he would be willing to move to left wing to get him there.

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal puts the chances for the Oilers to land Jagr at 60-40, but he notes that there could be a catch to signing Jagr:

What Jagr reportedly wants however, is a package deal. He also wants the Oilers to sign Czech Olympian forward Roman Cervenka, who is an emerging star in the Czech League but on the smallish side and looked like he was over his head at the Olympics. Jagr pushed for Cervenka to be on the Olympic squad. Jagr, as we’ve said over and over, has two big boosters in former New York Rangers coach Tom Renney and Jagr’s former Omsk coach, Wayne Fleming. I’d say the odds are 60-40 that they sign Jagr. Cervenka? I’m not so sure.

If Jagr is going to insist that any contract he signs be a combo deal then it is going to get mucky. Not only does a team have to answer the question of whether or not they want to sign Jagr, but they also have to like his little, very little 5′7″, 185 lb.-frame, too.

I’d have to imagine that this takes the Rangers out of the running, but a year ago I would have never predicted that they would have signed Donald Brashear either. So it’s certainly hard to get a strong gauge on the Rangers thinking.

I wrote this because I figured that some readers might be interested in seeing Jagr return to Broadway or at least want to know what Jagr was up to. But, I want to hear from some readers, would you consider bringing Jagr back to town?

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