Jagr mulling three contract offers

Former New York Rangers Jaromir Jagr is mulling over contract offers. (QMI Agency files)

Former New York Rangers Jaromir Jagr is mulling over contract offers. (QMI Agency files)

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, Last Updated: 9:20 PM ET

Former NHL MVP Jaromir Jagr was mulling three contract offers Wednesday as he flew to New York from the Czech Republic.

There were reports that Jagr, 39, had accepted a one-year, $2-million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but that was denied by his agent, Petr Svoboda.

The former NHL star, who has spent the past three seasons in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, also had offers from the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens.

Jagr won't be allowed to sign a new deal until Friday when NHL free agency begins.

last played in the NHL for the New York Rangers in 2007-08. He has spent Jagr was drafted by the Penguins in 1990 and played for Pittsburgh through the 2000-01 season. He was the NHL MVP in 1999.

Jagr then played three seasons for the Washington Capitals and four for the Rangers before going to Russia. He has 646 NHL goals.

Pittsburgh is hoping that Jagr will play one more season and then retire as a Penguin.

Roloson back with Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed their playoff hero Wednesday, giving goalie Dwayne Roloson a one-year contract worth $3 million.

The 41-year-old would have become an unrestricted free agent on Friday. Roloson and Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers were considered the top goalies in this year's class of free agents.

Roloson, acquired from the New York Islanders at the trade deadline last season, backstopped the Lightning to a berth in the Eastern Conference final. He was 24-25-5 with a 2.59 goals-against average during the season but cranked up his game in the playoffs, going 10-6 with a .924 save percentage, before losing to the Boston Bruins in the conference final.

Hamr falls, Weber signs

Roman Hamrlik refused a one-year contract offer from the Montreal Canadiens and is expected to test the free-agent market Friday.

The defenceman, 37, said he wants a two- or three-year deal and still hopes to continue talks with the Habs. He had 34 points in 79 games in 2010-11.

The Canadiens have eight other candidates signed to play defence next season: Rafael Diaz, Alexei Emelin, Hal Gill, Josh Gorges, Andrei Markov, Jaroslav Spacek, P.K. Subban and Yannick Weber.

Weber signed a two-year deal Wednesday. The 22-year-old had one goal and 10 assists in 41 games with the Canadiens last season.

"Yannick has acquired valuable experience at the NHL level this past season playing a total of 44 regular-season and playoff games," Habs general manager Pierre Gauthier said. "He is a young player who has gained confidence and progressed steadily since being selected by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007."

Kopecky signs with Cats

The Florida Panthers have signed forward Tomas Kopecky to a four-year deal worth about $12 million.

The Panthers had acquired the 29-year-old Monday from the Chicago Blackhawks in return for a seventh-round draft pick.

In 81 games with Chicago in 2010-11, Kopecky had 15 goals and 27 assists.

Jones back with Avs

The Colorado Avalanche locked up one of their top scorers Wednesday, signing forward David Jones to a one-year-contract.

Terms of the contract were not announced but reports said it would pay him $2.5 million.

Jones had a breakout season in 2010-11, scoring career highs in goals (27), assists (18) and points (45) while playing 77 games with the Avs.

"We are pleased to have David under contract," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said. "He was one of our top offensive players a year ago and is part of the young nucleus of this team."

Marchant moves upstairs

Anaheim Ducks forward Todd Marchant announced his retirement Wednesday to accept a front-office job with the team.

The 18-year veteran, who played nearly 1,200 games, will serve as the Ducks director of player development. He retires with career totals of 186 goals and 312 assists .

"I've had an unbelievable experience playing in the National Hockey League, and it's simply time to move on," Marchant said. "I'm excited to stay with the Ducks organization in my new role and look forward to my post- playing career."

Ehrhoff off to Buffalo

Now on the clock, the Buffalo Sabres.

Unable to come to terms with soon-to-be free agent defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, the New York Islanders traded his negotiating rights to the Sabres for a fourth-round draft pick Wednesday.

A day after Islanders general manager Garth Snow gambled by acquiring the rights to Ehrhoff from the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, contract talks between the two sides broke down, according to Newsday. Snow quickly recouped his fourth-round pick from the Sabres, who will now try to sign Ehrhoff before free agency kicks in Friday.

The 28-year-old is reportedly looking for a long-term deal that will pay him $6 million per year.

Quick hits

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday the signing of right winger Chad LaRose to a two-year, $3.4-million contract. LaRose, who was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent Friday, had 31 points last season (16 goals, 15 assists), tied for his career best ... Centre Nathan Gerbe agreed to a three-year deal worth a reported $4.33 million to return to the Buffalo Sabres. Gerbe had 16 goals and 15 assists this past season, with 15 of his goals coming during the final 40 games ... The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed centre Adam Hall to a one-year contract. Hall had seven goals and 11 assists in 82 games with the Lightning in 2010-11 ... The Columbus Blue Jackets inked forward Mike Blunden to a two-way contract. Blunden played one game for the jackets in 2010-11 ... Vancouver Canucks super-pest Maxim Lapierre and defenceman Andrew Alberts both signed two-year contracts with the Stanley Cup finalist. Lapierre had 12 points in 78 games last season while Alberts had one goal and seven assists in 42 games ... The Florida Panthers signed a minor-league affiliation with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. San Antonio had been the primary farm team of the Phoenix Coyotes since 2005.


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