Jul 022011
Jaromir Jagr

The Flyers signed Jaromir Jagr (photo: s.yume)

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Flyers sign Jaromir Jagr to one-year deal

July 2 CSN Philly:

With one tweet, all the skepticism disappeared.  After days of widely circulated rumors about a potential NHL comeback for Jaromir Jagr, the Flyers finally signed the free agent – and yes, it’s that Jagr – to a one-year deal. The signing was first made public via the Flyers’ official Twitter account, causing shock to emanate from the microblogging site across the Delaware Valley and beyond.  The deal is worth $3.3 million, about the amount the Flyers were reportedly willing to offer free agent winger Ville Leino, who signed with the Buffalo Sabres for six years and $27 million after talks with his agent broke down earlier this week.

Flyers make smart call with Jagr

July 2 CSN Philly columnist Jay Greenberg:

At age 39, Jaromir Jagr can still make the plays in close quarters that were the specialty of the guy he essentially is replacing, Ville Leino.  “One of the better players in the cycle game,” said Paul Holmgren, who can stick handle a little, too, in tight cap spaces. He refused to be pinned down by more years and dollars than Leino, a nice player but still a complementary one, is worth.

Jagr signing reignites Pens-Flyers rivalry

July 2 Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

One wrong was actually righted by Jaromir Jagr on Friday.  By signing a one-year contract worth $3.3 million with Philadelphia, Jagr officially restored the Penguins-Flyers rivalry to where Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has said it has always belonged.  “If you ask anybody in this room about our biggest rival, it’s the Flyers,” Orpik said last season when the Penguins and Washington Capitals were being followed by HBO’s cameras for a documentary series.

Free agency notes: Leino, Versteeg, Boucher gone

July 2 CSN Philly:

After multiple meetings between the Flyers and Ville Leino’s agent Bill Zito failed to result in a deal, the winger signed a six-year, $27 million deal with the Buffalo Sabres instead.  The Flyers were unwilling to pay Leino more than about $3.5 million a year, but the 27-year-old and his agent long believed he was capable of bringing in more. Once the Florida Panthers signed Tomas Kopecky (a similar player, two years Leino’s senior, who had poorer stats) to a four-year, $12-million deal and the Flyers agreed to a $3.3 million contract with Jaromir Jagr, Leino’s chances of returning to Philadelphia had all but disappeared.

Flyers sign Talbot, another ex-Penguin free agent

July 2 CSN Philly:

Max Talbot considers himself a loyal guy. So as the countdown toward free agency progressed, the 27-year-old center had maintained hope that he’d find a way to remain with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team with which he’d spent all six years of his NHL career.  But when last Thursday came and went, Talbot began to realize it was time to start thinking about which other teams he might like to join.

Boucher to Carolina

July 1 CSN Philly:

Brian Boucher, who had completed his third stint with the Flyers this season, won’t be back for 2011-12. Boucher has signed a two-year, $1.9 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.”

Voracek, Lilja signed

July 1 CSN Philly:

Also announced via their Twitter account, the Flyers have agreed to a contact with free agent defenseman Andreas Lilja and have signed winger Jakub Voracek to an extension.  Voracek was acquired as part of the deal that sent Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lilja, 35, played a complete season just once in his career, and spent last season with the Anaheim Ducks, where he registered one goal and six assists in 52 games.”

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