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Total Pro Sports – Jaromir Jagr has no regrets leaving the NHL to go and play for Avangard Omsk in the Continental Hockey League which is also known as the KHL. Jagr signed a 2 year contract with Avangard that will see him earn the most in the league at $7 million plus a season.
This year Jagr has had to endure alot while playing in Russia, one of his teammates and New York Rangers prospect “Alexei Cherepanov” died during a game, his head coach “Wayne Fleming” quit during the middle of another game and the league who is owned my natural gas company Gazprom is trying to find ways to stay afloat while the world economy takes a beating.
“You could write a book about it,” Jagr said of his season during a telephone interview from Moscow. “But I’m fine. I’m doing good. I’m happy.”
“There are no problems with our team,” Jagr said. “The organization is good. They take care of the players. The league is good. The level of hockey here is very good, better than I expected.”
After all these tragedies it’s only fitting that reports speculate that Jaromir Jagr wants to return to the NHL and play for the team that originally drafted the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rumors are swirling that he will agree to play for the league minimum and $350,000 just to play for his buddy Mario Lemieux.
We never understood why he would leave the NHL to play for Avangard Omsk in the KHL, many teams in the NHL would have loved to have a player like Jagr on their team. You can bet that he easily would have received $6 plus million per year, the Edmonton Oilers reportedly offered Jagr a contact that would have paid him $7 million a season and he turned it down.
“I was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, ‘I’d like you to play for our team,’ I would think about it a lot,” Jagr said in a telephone interview from Moscow where the Kontinental League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game outdoors at Red Square Saturday. “I would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life. I want to pay him back because he has made me what I am…besides my parents.” From Ken Campbell’s Blog at The Hockey News
Jaromir Jagr in a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey, playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin do you believe it? We’ll just have to wait and see if the rumors come to fruition.