A planned conversation between Petr Svoboda, who represents free-agent right winger Jaromir Jagr, and Penguins general manager Ray Shero did not come off as scheduled this afternoon.
Svoboda, however, said he remained optimistic that it would at some point, even though it was past 10 p.m. in Prague, where Svoboda is based, and he still hadn't gotten together on the phone with Shero.
Svoboda said the Penguins "communicated with (Jagr)" a bit earlier in the day, but did not elaborate on what was discussed, and said that he would not discuss the Jagr situation with reporters again until Wednesday.
Shero, through the team's media-relations department, declined to speak with reporters for the second consecutive day.
Svoboda said that, contrary to the prevailing wisdom, "there are a few more than three" teams that have expressed interest in trying to sign Jagr, but added that "I don't want to get into detail" about those potential suitors.
The only team to public acknowledge such an interest is Detroit. Although the Penguins have not, the fact that team officials apparently have had multiple conversations with Svoboda and/or Jagr suggests they have at least a mild interest in trying to add him to their roster.
Jagr, 39, has the option of returning to the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, where he spent the past three seasons, despite a publicly stated preference to return to the NHL.