NHL Free Agency: Detroit Red Wings Dodge Jaromir Jagr, Sign Miller and Eaves

Matt HutterAnalyst IJuly 1, 2011

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 19:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of Czech Republic looks on during the ice hockey men's preliminary game between Czech Republic and Latvia on day 8 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 19, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Mark my words ladies and gentlemen, the Red Wings have dodged quite a bullet in not landing Jaromir Jagr.

The veteran, once-super star forward has reportedly signed on with the Philadelphia Flyers after having an offer from his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, rescinded.

This last bit is important.

The Penguins, along with the Red Wings, gave Jagr a "take it or leave it" deal last week with the understanding that Jagr would likely be choosing between the two teams.

On Wednesday, it was reported that Jagr was going to announce his decision the same day.

However, Wednesday came and went along with the hope that Jagr would choose his destination prior to July 1st.

It was later revealed that Jagr was now going to start taking offers from other teams and engage the Penguins and Red Wings in a bidding war for his services.

Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero made the exact right move when he essentially told Jagr, "Forget it, and forget you."

As electrifying as Jagr has been throughout his career, the knocks of being selfish, lazy and a bit of a diva have long been made against him.

It fits then that his return to the NHL after a three-year stint in the KHL involved this kind of drama at the start of free-agency.

That kind of drama, along with declining skill sets, would just not work in Detroit, especially after the failed Mike Modano experiment the team went through last year.

However, the Wings have made two very good signings at forward today by re-signing Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller.

These two have quickly become valuable depth players and securing them for three and two years, respectively, is a solid move by GM Ken Holland.

Prior to the start of free-agency, the Wings signed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson for $3.75 million per season.

As I continue to process that head-scratching move, I'll post more in-depth reaction to this and all the Wings' free agent moves as the day moves on.

Stay tuned!

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