NHL great Jaromir Jagr is still unsigned as NHL training camps, which open in about a month, get closer and closer.
Jagr is coming off posting 46 points in 82 games last season with the Florida Panthers and is looking to continue his playing career.
“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.”