Pittsburgh Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Jaromir Jagr at retirement night
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Jaromir Jagr On The Verge Of Returning To The Pittsburgh Penguins

Published March 22, 2024 at 10:46

The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly considering bringing back franchise icon Jaromir Jagr into the organization.

According to a report from Josh Yohe of The Athletic, the Penguins are interested in hiring Jagr for a front office position. This would mark Jagr's return to the National Hockey League since his brief stint with the Calgary Flames in the 2017-18 season.

"The Penguins want Jagr to be an employee moving forward. I'm not sure what role. I think they'll take what they can get — the more of Jagr's presence and hockey mind that he's willing to share, the better."

In response to a fan question, Yohe stated in his recent column that the Penguins are eager to have Jagr as part of their staff, though the specific role is yet to be determined. The team values Jagr's presence and hockey expertise, and they are open to any contributions he is willing to make.

Jagr, who holds the record for the most points by any European-born player in NHL history with 1,921 points, ranks second overall in Pittsburgh Penguins franchise history in points, behind only Mario Lemieux. Recently, the Penguins honored Jagr by retiring his iconic jersey No. 68 and raising it to the rafters at PPG Paints Arena.

During his jersey retirement speech on February 18, Jagr expressed gratitude for the recognition and reminisced about his time with the Penguins. He even participated in team practices and warmups, showcasing his continued connection to the organization.

«I gotta say what a weekend so far,» Jagr said during his jersey retirement speech on February 18. «It's beautiful. I practiced with the team. I was pretty good. Let me tell you. I was pretty good. I had dinner with the boys. Thank you, guys. Today all the highlights, videos, goals, even the hair — great memories.

«I remember my first coach Bob Johnson always say ‘today is a great day for hockey,'» Jagr continued. «I'm going to use it and I'm going to change it a little bit. I'm going to say, today is a great day for me. To be here with you, hearing the cheers, I don't even have to score, that's beautiful. That's never gets old.»

Overall, the Penguins are eager to bring Jagr back into the fold, recognizing his significant contributions to the team's history and his continued impact on the sport of hockey.
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