NHL notes: Jagr may Wing it back to NHL
|Jaromir Jagr celebrates a goal against the U.S. during the IIHF World Championships in Bratislava, May 11, 2011. (PETR JOSEK/Reuters)
Jaromir Jagr confirmed Friday he wants to return to the NHL if there is a team willing to take him.
And the Detroit Red Wings seem willing.
Jagr, 39, has spent the past three seasons playing with Avangard Omsk in Russia's KHL and may have passed his best-before date. He has won four Art Ross trophies as the NHL's leading scorer but is a decade removed from the most recent one.
Jagr told ESPN.com that his agent, former NHL player Petr Svoboda, has been talking with teams.
"It would be very exciting," Jagr said. "It also would be a nice challenge. There would be some people who think I'm not good enough."
Svoboda said he has talked with the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and "a few" other teams and indicated a deal could be done on the weekend.
"Hopefully we should have a better idea by (Saturday)," Svoboda said. "Jaromir feels he's NHL-ready again. I believe this might happen."
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said his team was in the mix.
"We're exploring our interest," Holland said
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