The End of the Line for Jagr in Omsk? (UPDATED)
Thursday February 26th 2009, 9:58 am

As former New York Ranger bench boss Tom Renney expresses his regret at not lobbying harder to keep Jaromir Jagr in New York this season, speculation swirls in Russia that the big Czech may have played his last game for troubled Avangard. Maxim Sharifyanov writes in Sport Express:

In view of impending cost reductions and budget cuts, its difficult to imagine that the fantastic contract, by European standards, of Jaromir Jagr will be prolonged. And the Czech will hardly be motivated to work in another’s country for yet another season for substantially less money. If so, then it’s quite possible that [on Tuesday] Russian hockey had its last opportunity to watch the legend of world hockey first hand.

Jagr’s immediate future will be decided later today, when the outcomes of games between Chekhov Vityaz and Barys Astana and Severstal Cherepovets and Metallurg Magnitogorsk are decided. A win in regulation by Barys, who currently lead Vityaz 6-2 at the end of the second period, or a regulation or overtime victory for Severstal, will end Avangard’s turrbulent season.

UPDATE 1:30PM: With a goal with just 56 seconds remaining in regulation, Denis Khlystov prolonged Avangard’s season by giving Magnitigorsk a 2-1 victory over Severstal.  Barys held on to defeat Vityaz 6-4, taking 15th place and leaving Avangard in the 16th and final playoff berth.

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