Pens offer Jagr one-year deal
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of enticing Jaromir Jagr back to North America.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero confirmed the move to the Post-Gazette late Tuesday, adding that Jagr has until Wednesday to either accept or decline the offer. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Jagr, 39, has spent the last three seasons with Avangard Omsk of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. In 155 games, he posted 66 goals and 146 points.
A feared offensive threat, the native of the Czech Republic departed the National Hockey League after a 25-goal, 71-point campaign with the New York Rangers in 2007-08.
Jagr was the Pens' fifth-overall draft pick in 1990, and played the first 11 seasons of his storied career in the Steel City, under the tutelage of superstar Mario Lemieux.
His finest season with Pittsburgh came in 1995-96, totaling 62 goals and 149 points in 82 games, finishing second in the league scoring race to Lemieux. Jagr was named captain prior to the 1998-99 season, and remained in that role until Lemieux was once again named to the post in 2001.
After a 121-point campaign in 2000-01, the Penguins encountered financial difficulties and Jagr was shipped in a five-player deal to the Washington Capitals, where he spent two-plus seasons before he was traded to New York.
All told, the five-time Art Ross Trophy winner scorched NHL goaltenders for 646 goals and 1,599 points in 1,273 games with the Penguins, Capitals and Rangers.