By Mike Harrington
Yes, I've read all the rumors and chatter over the weekend about the Sabres being in on Jaromir Jagr, being close to signing the future Hall of Famer etc. Nothing credible at all until a report surfaced in a paper out of the Czech Republic and was reprinted Tuesday on Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog that had the Sabres as one of Jagr's main pursuers.
Forget it. It's not true.
"I have not talked to anybody in Buffalo and the Sabres have not called," Petr Svoboda, Jagr's agent, told The News by phone this afternoon from Santa Monica, Calif. "It's absolutely not true. Speculation."
Svoboda, who played for the Sabres from 1991-94 as part of a 17-year NHL career on defense, said Jagr is still considering three teams. He said one of them is not Boston, where Jagr played this year and got within two wins of another Stanley Cup.
"He had a lot of fun there but it was an unfortunate finish for Jags," Svoboda said. "It's so unpredictable. You don't know who will go all the way. He just wants to play hockey where it's fun."
Most reports have Montreal and Carolina as two of the teams going hard for Jagr with perhaps Ottawa as the third. Jagr got huge credit for his work with young players last year in Philadelphia and again this year in Dallas, where he signed before getting traded to Boston at the deadline.
The thought by many was for Jagr to sign for big money in Buffalo, work with the Sabres' young kids -- especially maybe Mikhail Grigorenko -- and then get dealt at the deadline. Not happening.