Jagr playing the waiting game again

Jaromir Jagr, who was a surprise free-agent signing by the Flyers a year ago, once again has no...

Jaromir Jagr, who was a surprise free-agent signing by the Flyers a year ago, once again has no idea where he is going to wind up playing this season. "It's up to my agent,"Ě said the 40-year-old Jagr, who posted 62 points this past season. (GETTY IMAGES)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

Will NHL teams look at Jaromir Jagr’s 62 points in 84 games last year or at his birth certificate which would turn 41 in mid-season?

Can some offence-starved clubs afford not to look at him?

The much-decorated Jagr’s decision to join the Flyers last year after time in the KHL was something of a fluke after agent Petr Svoboda was approached by the team during dealings with another client, Jakub Voracek. Jagr was looking at Detroit, Pittsburgh and Montreal at the time. A surprise destination this year might also be in the cards.

“It’s up to my agent,” Jagr told Denik Sport, a Czech newspaper. “We will see what happens. You never know.”

Jagr was disappointed at his ice time late in the year. The Camden Courier Post reports Jagr is likely to seek a small raise on $3.3 million this season or hold off to wait out a rumoured change in the new CBA that players 40 and over will not have salaries count against the cap.

KRUEGER’S TASK

Ralph Krueger has a two-fold job as new coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Leash in his veterans, who have strayed from the team concept of late, and give some rope to the talented kids for a long-awaited playoff push.

“We’ve all heard the word potential here for so many seasons,” Krueger said Wednesday at his introductory press conference. “I need to find, as a leader, the path that every player can take to his potential, and then the group, automatically, will find its potential.”

The 52-year-old former associate coach of the club starts with a dream team of youth, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov.

“What every player, even the older ones, need to understand, is it’s going to be the ones who are working hard who are going to get the opportunity,” Krueger said. “Whether it’s power play, penalty-kill, five-on-five, closing a game. I’m not interested in age, I’m interested in the passion and the work ethic.”

MISSING PUCK

Patrik Elias has more than 400 NHL goals, but there’s one important puck the Los Angeles Kings want to know is in his possession.

It would be the last puck in play the moment the Kings won their first Stanley Cup in Game 6 at the Staples Center.

Yes, it was on his stick and he recalls picking it up as the Kings were celebrating. But the 15-year veteran fogged after that.

“I went over to Marty (Brodeur) and sat on the bench and I think I left it there,” Elias told the Newark Star Ledger.

“I don’t have it. I have no idea where it is.”

Elias is certain he didn’t flip it in the crowd or present it to Brodeur, in case the Hall of Famer was retiring.

Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille told the Los Angeles Times: “This is a big deal. We’ve got to get that puck back. If a Devil had it, he might not have been real happy with it. He might have thrown it into the stands. If one of our fans has it, we will make a deal to get it back.”

The NHL says it will investigate only if the Kings ask.

“I understand it’s a meaningful thing for them,” Elias said. “For me? Why would I want to keep a losing Stanley Cup puck?”

ICE CHIPS

It’s hoped the election of Pavel Bure to the Hall of Fame smoothes over relations between him and the Canucks, who often had contract scraps with the star and never retired his number ... Not a bad few days for Ken Hitchcock, who won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year and signed a one-season extension with the Blues ... Free-agent defenceman Justin Schultz and his agents met with a couple of teams the past few days in Toronto, presumably including the Leafs. It was a busy day for the Newport Sports agency team, which is also huddling with Zach Parise this week about staying with the Devils. “We’re definitely talking with the team, that’s pretty much all I can say about it,” Parise told the Bergen Record ... The 2012-13 KHL schedule has been released with the rebuilt Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team set to open at home Sept. 6 against Sibir. There will be no KHL games played the next day, Sept. 7, the first-year anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of all players and most of the staff ... The Toronto Marlies didn’t make it to the ACC stage in the American Hockey League playoffs, but have scheduled a home game there on Dec. 26 ... It’s prospect camp time and the Leafs will be staging theirs July 1-5 at the MasterCard Centre. Among the invites are their two highest picks from the 2012 draft, defencemen Morgan Rielly and Matthew Finn, plus Petter Granberg, the newly signed Swedish junior gold winner.


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