NHL great Jaromir Jagr is still unsigned as NHL training camps, which open in about a month, get closer and closer.
“The most serious negotiations I have are with Kladno. Because Kladno has a smart owner who knows what he wants,” Jagr joked in an interview with NHL.com. Jagr, 45, owns the team in Czech Republic’s second-tier professional league.
“No, really, I don’t have a clue. I leave it all on my agent [Petr Svoboda]. There is a couple of [NHL] teams that showed interest, but nothing specific yet.”
Jagr also admitted that he “didn’t expect it would be so hard to get a job in the NHL this year”.
Jagr’s goal remains to end up back in NHL next season.
“That would be the advantage of playing for Kladno. One thing is I would be at home and the other is I would have a chance to leave for the NHL anytime there is an opportunity,” he said. “Let’s say some team deals with injuries and needs help, then I could pack my stuff in the next day and go. If I played in Extraliga, I wouldn’t have such an option unless the Czech league season would be over.”