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Sport Jaromir Jagr being courted by another Florida hockey team

18:05  13 july  2017
18:05  13 july  2017 Source:   miamiherald.com

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Jaromir Jagr being courted by another Florida hockey team . July 12, 2017 11:12 AM . After not being offered a contract by the Florida Panthers this offseason, it appears Jaromir Jagr 's hockey days in South Florida are through.

Jaromír Jágr (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjaromiːr ˈjaːɡr̩] ( listen); born 15 February 1972) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing for HC Kladno in the 1st Czech Republic Hockey League.

Right wing Jaromir Jagr during a game between against the Washington Capitals on April 9, 2017.© Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Right wing Jaromir Jagr during a game between against the Washington Capitals on April 9, 2017.

After not being offered a contract by the Florida Panthers this offseason, it appears Jaromir Jagr's hockey days in South Florida are through.

Or are they?

A professional team located less than a two-hour drive northwest of the Panthers' Sunrise arena is trying to lure Jagr to join their squad.

And he only has to play on the weekends.

The Florida Everblades - a minor-league ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes - are making a plea for Jagr to come west and play for them.

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After not being offered a contract by the Florida Panthers this offseason, it appears Jaromir Jagr 's hockey days in South Florida are through. Or are they? A professional team located … Click to Continue »

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Based in Estero (which is between Naples and Fort Myers on Florida's southwest coast), the Everblades have been a successful franchise over the years and - unlike the Panthers - make frequent postseason appearances.

The Everblades have made a number of enticing offers to Jagr (anything financial hasn't been made public) including the option to only playing home games on the weekend - and having an intern come to Fort Lauderdale to pick him up and drive him across Alligator Alley to Germain Arena.

The Everblades say they are open to a 'Weekend Warrior' schedule for Jagr.

"We believe this deal makes sense for both sides," said Everblades PR manager and broadcaster Alex Reed on the team's website.

"Jaromir will have the opportunity to continue to play the game that he loves, while remaining in the tropical paradise of South Florida.

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After being waived by the Calgary Flames, Jaromir Jagr returned to his hometown to play for a Czech team his owns.CreditRadek Petrasek/CTK, via Associated Press. But first he is adding yet another chapter to the hockey lore of a modest town that has groomed a number of N.H.L. talents, including

After 22 years and eight teams , the Panthers’ Jagr is bound for another playoff appearance and seems unlikely to retire any time soon. Florida ’s Jaromir Jagr at practice in March with a group of teammates, including Reilly Smith (18), who was born in 1991, the year after Jagr started playing in

"From the team side, well that's obvious. Just imagine watching number 68 skate on Germain Arena ice, with his long hair flowing behind him. The whole thing just gives us chills."

Jagr, 45, stuck around South Florida this offseason and had his gear in his locker at the Panthers' training facility in Coral Springs as recently as the days leading up to the free agency period opening on July 1.

The Panthers, who said in the months leading up to free agency that they were talking to Jagr's agent, never made a financial offer to the future Hall of Famer said GM Dale Tallon.

Jagr, as of Wednesday morning, remained a free agent meaning he could possibly return to the Panthers.

Or, play elsewhere.

Maybe even Estero.

"The NHL's loss could become our gain," Reed wrote. "He is a high-end player who wants to win, and that kind of mindset fits in well with our winning tradition."

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Age is nothing but a number for the 45-year-old future Hall of Famer, who wants in on a 24th NHL season. So why haven't teams called? That should change soon.Chief among them is ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr, who thought that sunset might have come in South Florida until he and the Panthers unceremoniously split ahead of July 1 after two-plus seasons. The future Hockey Hall of Famer had 130 points in 181 games with Florida and his phone line is open to play a 24th NHL season.

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