Free-agent winger Jaromir Jagr wants to play for the Montreal Canadiens. But it appears the feeling is not mutual, as the Canadiens have told Jagr's agent that they are not interested.
Early on Monday, TSN's Darren Dreger reported, via Twitter, that Jagr wanted to play in Montreal. But Dreger said Jagr is seeking a one-year, $4 million deal. He made only $3.3 million last season while playing with the Philadelphia Flyers.
@drosennhl @IMadhavji.Jagr wants to play in Mtl, but other teams say he wants $4 mil for 1 year. May take some time.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 2, 2012
The Canadiens, though, don't have much interest. The Montreal radio station CJAD 800 reported later on Monday that Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin wanted "nothing to do" with the Jagr sweepstakes. From the report:
The Canadiens informed agent Petr Svoboda (the former Habs and Flyers defenseman) that they were not interested in the services of the Czech star who has frequently said he'd love to play in Montreal.
Jagr played this past season with the Flyers, in his first year in the NHL since the 2007-08 season. He scored 19 goals and tacked on 35 assists in 73 games with the Flyers.
Jagr played for 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who drafted him in the first round of the 1990 NHL Draft. He has also had stints in the NHL with the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers. Jagr is the NHL’s active leader with 1,653 career points.