Penguins' Shero: No offer to Jagr yet


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LAS VEGAS -- Penguins general manager Ray Shero confirmed late Wednesday night that he has spoken with Jaromir Jagr and Jagr's agent, but he did not commit to pursuing the star right winger.

"I've spoken to [agent Petr Svoboda] a couple times about Jagr. I've talked to Jagr once," Shero said after attending the NHL Awards show, where the Penguins' Dan Bylsma received the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.

"That's really about it. We have not made an offer. I'm going to talk to our staff to see whether there would be interest. We have to decide internally whether or not we want to [pursue signing Jagr]."

Jagr, a sure Hall of Famer, was part of two Stanley Cup teams and won six league scoring titles and one Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 11 seasons with the Penguins before playing for Washington and the New York Rangers.

Bylsma called adding Jagr to the Penguins lineup "intriguing."

Shero said Jagr and Svoboda indicated that Jagr, 39, is serious about exploring the option of returning to the NHL for the 2011-12 season. Jagr has spent the past three seasons playing in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.

Svoboda will be traveling from the Czech Republic to Minnesota for the NHL draft, which starts Friday in St. Paul. He said nothing is likely to happen with Jagr "in the next couple of days."

Detroit also apparently is talking with Jagr.


Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com .


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