Agent: Jaromir Jagr's suitors increasing

Updated: July 1, 2011, 1:41 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

The dog-and-pony show that is the Jaromir Jagr contract chase rolled on through Thursday evening with no resolution in sight.

Jagr's agent Petr Svoboda told ESPN.com Thursday night the field of teams for whom Jagr is considering playing for is actually growing instead of shrinking.

It was believed Pittsburgh, Detroit and Montreal were the three teams the five-time scoring champ was considering in a return to the NHL after playing the last three years in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Apparently not.

"There's a lot more teams now we're talking to," Svoboda told ESPN.com Thursday evening.

As for getting a deal done by the time the free agency period opens at noon ET Friday, that plan appears to have gone by the boards as well.

Jagr, 39, will make a decision "in the next few days," Svoboda said.

"I'm not going to put a time frame on it," he added. "Basically we have nothing new and I can't tell you anything,"

This will come as disappointing news to the Penguins who had been told by Svoboda that Jagr is interested in returning to Pittsburgh where he won two Stanley Cups in the early 1990s.

It's believed the Penguins have offered a one-year deal worth about $2 million.

Jagr had said in the past his desire to return to Pittsburgh -- if he returned to the NHL -- was so strong that money wouldn't be a factor.

The Red Wings remain interested as well although they had no new information to report Thursday evening about whether they were being considered by Jagr.

Whether Jagr's inability to make a timely decision has an effect on teams' interest as they allocate free agent money starting Friday afternoon remains to be seen.

Svoboda, who was in Montreal, said Jagr is in New York as the process continues.

Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.

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