Penguins Withdraw Offer to Jaromir Jagr

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - APRIL 30: Jaromir Jagr of Czech Republic looks dejected during the IIHF World Championship group D match between Czech Republic and Latvia at Orange Arena on April 30, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

All that hype for nothing.  Show of hands, who saw this one coming?

Here's the full statement from Ray Shero:

"We made what we thought was a very fair contract offer to Jaromir on Tuesday, based on his stated interest of returning to the Penguins.  We made our best offer from the start, given our salary cap structure, in an attempt to facilitate a deal. But now, after several days, with an extended time frame for making a decision, and additional teams getting involved, we have decided to move in a different direction. It was never our intention to get involved in a free agent bidding war, and we have to focus on our team.  Jaromir is one of the greatest players in Penguins history, and we wish him all the best."


Thanks for the memories and the unnecessary hype.  You have to think this bodes well for Tyler Kennedy now.

Now, here's how you can keep track of JustinM's league-wide free agency coverage:

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