The Russian website Sport-Planet.ru is reporting that former Ranger Jaromir Jagr has resigned with Avangard Omsk of the KHL on a two-year contract. However, when Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy tried to confirm this report he was unsuccessful.
Later on Chesnokov tweeted : “Omsk’s GM said it was too early to talk about Jagr re-signing with Avangard, but the club would want to do it before the Worlds.”
So while it does not appear that this rumor is true, it may be that the two sides are working on an agreement or even have an agreement in place in principal and are still negotiating over numbers.
With Worlds coming up in just about a week this could be something that materializes fast. Omsk’s GM seems to want to get a deal done quickly and if Jagr is going to participate in the games it’ll be in his interest to get this done quickly as well. Otherwise he could put himself at risk of getting injured which could force him to accept less money or leave him with no offers at all.
If Jagr does want to play in the NHL then I would expect him to sit out Worlds. Unless he is looking to resign with the Rangers, doubtful, any return to the NHL would not take place before the Worlds tournament because a lot of NHL teams are still in the playoffs.
So we’ll keep an eye on Jagr and his negotiations with Omsk and his participation in Worlds. Right now I wouldn’t believe any reports that are out there. Not yet anyways, we’ll keep you posted.