Jaromir Jagr may or may not return to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
What began as deadline day for the Pittsburgh Penguins and their pursuit of 39-year-old forward Jaromir Jagr has instead been filled with lingering questions about Jagr’s potential return to the NHL, his actual whereabouts late Wednesday and the interest of his former team in securing his services for the 2011-12 season.
Jagr was supposed to arrive in New York on Wednesday with a definitive decision on whether he would accept the Penguins’ reported offer of one year and $2 million, or if he wanted to sign elsewhere, be it in the NHL or back in Russia, where he played the last three seasons. He has also reportedly received interest from Detroit and Montreal.
Jagr can’t sign a contract with an NHL team until noon ET on Friday.
However, Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told the Detroit Free Press that he could not confirm his client’s whereabouts Wednesday night.
“I don’t know if he missed a connection,” Svoboda told the newspaper after 8 p.m. ET. “I have no clue.”