Jagr's move here not likely

Stories coming out of Russia are a long way from being gospel, but one that could be believable is that former National Hockey League star Jaromir Jagr is signing again with Omsk, the Siberian Kontinental Hockey League team.

If so, that would rule out 38-year-old Jagr joining the Edmonton Oilers next season.

While Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini has never publicly said he’s going all out to sign Jagr , the ex-NHL star has a history with two Oilers coaches: Tom Renney (with the New York Rangers) and Wayne Fleming (Omsk). Jagr had talked a great deal about returning to Edmonton because of the team’s interest in him a couple of years ago.

There’s also a connection with Jagr and Oilers winger Ales Hemsky from Czech national teams.

But Omsk general manager Anatoli Bardin said Jagr, who is ninth in NHL career points with 1,599, is close to deciding to remain in Omsk. Jagr reportedly made $8 million US for the past two seasons. His NHL salary here would probably be about half of that.

Jagr will stay with our club. There’s no doubt,” said Bardin, denying there were mystery sponsors coming forward to lure him back.

Jagr will play for the Czech Republic at the world championship in Germany next month.

“I think that if he returned to the NHL, he would still be a valuable player on any team, but he seems happy in Russia. It seems to work for him,” Czech national team coach Vladimir Ruzicka told reporters.

Ruzicka, a former Oilers centre, is leaving the national team after the worlds.


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