In an interview with Ken Campbell of the Hockey News, Jaromir Jagr discusses a possible return to the NHL — when his contract with Avangard Omsk is up at the end of next season — and reveals that he’d be willing to play for his idol Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh for minimal salary. â€œI was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, â€˜Iâ€™d like you to play for our team,â€™ I would think about it a lot,â€ Jagr told Campbell, adding â€œI would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life.”
Jagr scoffed at rumors that Avangard is in financial crisis and talked about Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov, who regularly asked the 17-year NHL veteran for pointers on how to prepare for the NHL. “He kind of reminded me of me when I was young because he would stay out on the ice for hours,” Jagr said. And proving his sense of humor is still very much in tact, he quipped â€œThey want to see if itâ€™s too cold and if it is, theyâ€™re going to move it to Florida. They have a plane all ready to go,â€ when asked about playing tomorrow’s KHL All Star game in Red Square in temperatures forecast to hover in the 12 degree (-11 Celsius) range.
Update: (Because the day wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t update yet another post…) Ranger beat writer Lynn Zinser also got a chance to talk to every Ranger fans’ favorite Kladno native today, and while it lacks the “I’ll play for the Penguins on the cheap”-type bombshell Campbell’s interview contained, her piece does go into a little more detail on many of the other topics Campbell covered.
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