Dispelling Rumors
Wednesday November 12th 2008, 6:58 am

Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Jaroslav Zidek, has denied rumors in the Russian press that his client, distraught over the death of teammate Alexei Cherepanov, is considering breaking his contract with Avangard Omsk. “It’s a common groundless rumor,” Zidek told Izvestia on Sunday. “Jarda is not thinking about a departure from Russia and has not discussed this topic with the management of Avangard. Yes, Cherepanov’s death threw him into shock, after all, they were friends. But that is no grounds by which to tear up a contract.”

He went on to explain that Jagr’s recent return to the Czech Republic during the KHL’s scheduled break for the Karjala Cup, the first stage of the IIHF-sponsored Euro Hockey Tour, was pre-arranged with the team. “By agreement with the club he left for the Czech Republic during the time of the Karjala Cup, but he already returned to Omsk on Friday.”

Zidek also denied that Avangard is struggling financially and has been unable to pay his client’s salary, a rumor propagated by the Ottawa Citizen yesterday. “The information that Avangard is experiencing financial difficulties and withholds my client’s salary is also a lie. So far Jagr has received all promised money on time.”

Jagr and Avangard return to the ice tomorrow against rival Sibir Novosibirsk.

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3 Comments so far
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    I think all the players not just Jagr were shocked in what happened. Looks like the media is trying to start something just like they did when the incident happened and they said the Jagr had accidently hit him.
    And I thought that Avangard was one of the more financially stable clubs in the KHL. Tickets to their games are selling well. I admit I’m still curious on what the individual salaries are on this team.

    Comment by luckyluck 11.12.08 @ 1:26 pm

    I trust the Ottawa Citizen about as much as I trust

    There may be a grain of truth in the story, probably nothing more than that,the Canadian press would love the KHL to fold and would also love to see someone of Jagr’s stature leave,and the ultimate failure of the imposter league!,and I’m sure the Izvestia rebuttal is just what it’s literal translation means (a) “delivered message”.

    Comment by Elliot 11.12.08 @ 4:56 pm

    I agree with the first poster, it reads as if sby is trying to unstable Jagr, create the idea of instability, Jagr’s reputation should have never been compromised by insinuating he had somehow caused Cherepanov’s death. That was outrageous in itself. After all the name of the game is hockey, and to bring Jagr’s name into that, is at best pretty shabby. I bet there are people there who’s skin hue is more green than that pasty white they’re usually sporting.

    Comment by Why...Oh why...Why,why 11.13.08 @ 7:16 pm

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