According to a Kontinental League press release, former NHL superstar Jaromir Jagr, who’s currently plying his trade with Avangard Omsk, told Czech newspaper Denik Sport he has no intention of terminating his contract in order to return to the NHL.
“Will I voluntarily terminate my contract with Avangard and go to America? That definitely won’t happen,” said Jagr, who spent 17 seasons in the NHL with Pittsburgh, Washington and the Rangers. “Only if the two hockey clubs reach an agreement. But I won’t do it by myself.”
The future Hall of Famer did confirm the rumor of him possibly returning to the NHL with the Oilers was true. The Oilers and Avangard had reportedly reached an agreement that if Avangard did not reach the Gagarin Cup playoffs or was swept in the first round, Jagr was cleared to report to Edmonton.
“Yes, such an opportunity really existed,” Jagr told Denik Sport. “The teams had discussed how that could be fulfilled. But it did not depend on me. Should Omsk ask me to join Edmonton, I’d do that. But that was not something I desired myself. After we made the playoffs, the whole thing ceased to be an issue”.