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Agent says three teams interested in 41-year-old Jagr

  • Boston Bruins' Jaromir Jagr, left, tries to shoot from behind the goal while New York Rangers' Michael Del Zotto defends during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal hockey playoff series on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Boston Bruins' Jaromir Jagr, left, tries to shoot from behind the goal while New York Rangers' Michael Del Zotto defends during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal hockey playoff series on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Boston Bruins' Jaromir Jagr, left, tries to shoot from behind the goal while New York Rangers' Michael Del Zotto defends during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal hockey playoff series on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Boston Bruins' Jaromir Jagr, left, tries to shoot from behind the goal while New York Rangers' Michael Del Zotto defends during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal hockey playoff series on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Boston Bruins' Jaromir Jagr, left, tries to shoot from behind the goal while New York Rangers' Michael Del Zotto defends during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal hockey playoff series on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Boston Bruins' Jaromir Jagr, left, tries to shoot from behind the goal while New York Rangers' Michael Del Zotto defends during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal hockey playoff series on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Jaromir Jagr wants to extend his NHL career, and his agent said some teams are “very interested” in his 41-year-old client.

Jagr might have to wait a while, and the league’s active scoring leader might not be the only free agent without a new job this weekend.

“He definitely still wants to play and there is some interest in him,” Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told the Associated Press yesterday afternoon. “I think it’s going to take some time, but you never know for sure because there are three teams that are very interested.”

Svoboda declined to say which teams wanted to sign Jagr.

A five-time scoring champion and former NHL MVP, Jagr was able to continue his career in the league during the shortened season when the Dallas Stars gave him a $4.55 million, one-year contract last summer.

After Jagr had 14 goals and 26 points in 34 games for the Stars, showing he could still produce in his 40s, Dallas dealt him to the Bruins. He had nine points in 11 regular season games in Boston and 10 assists in 22 postseason games in which he didn’t score, but made key plays that didn’t show up on the scoresheet. Jagr teamed with Mario Lemieux to help lead the Penguins win a pair of Stanley Cup championships as a teenager in his first two NHL seasons in 1991 and 1992, and was the league’s MVP in 1999.

J.P. Barry, who represents two of the top free agents available, Daniel Cleary and Mason Raymond, also expected a relatively slower pace of moves around the league.

“We’ve touched based with several teams and many of them are being patient at this point,” Barry said yesterday. “We’ve got options for (Cleary and Raymond), but we’re in a holding pattern with each of them because I think everyone is taking a breath this weekend.

“I’ve been through about 15 of these, and there is always a frenzy of moves then a pause to reassess and then a second wave. It’s tough to predict when that second wave will happen, so we’re always on call when teams are ready.”

Day 1 of the free agency flurry included dozens of deals, including Jarome Iginla signing a one-year deal worth as much as $6 million with Boston, which almost acquired the six-time All-Star last season when Pittsburgh did from Calgary. Nathan Horton cashed in on his second strong postseason performance for the Bruins with a $37.1 million, seven-year contract in Columbus.

Daniel Alfredsson made perhaps the most surprising move. The 40-year-old forward is taking what might be his last shot at winning a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings, jilting the Ottawa Senators after being the face of the franchise.

The Senators tried to bounce back by making a bold trade for Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan in exchange for a pair of promising players and a first-round draft pick.

Yesterday, the second day NHL teams could sign free agents, the pickings were slim after top-tier players were taken off the market by teams that agreed to and signed deals following two days of talks.

Several moves were made, however:

Derek Roy agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues, pending a physical for the veteran forward. The 30-year-old Roy split last season between the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks and finished with seven goals and 21 assists.

The Winnipeg Jets signed defenseman Adam Pardy, who played in 17 games last season with the Buffalo Sabres. He had four assists and 14 penalty minutes.

Among the relatively notable names still available yesterday: Jagr, Cleary, Mason, Mikhail Grabovski, Ilya Bryzgalov, Tim Thomas, Damien Brunner, Mason Raymond, Toni Lydman, Brad Boyes and Brenden Morrow.

Technically, Teemu Selanne is an unrestricted free agent, too.

No one, though, expects the 43-year-old Finnish Flash to leave the Anaheim Ducks if he chooses to keep playing in North America. Ducks General Manager Bob Murray plans to contact Selanne next week to find out if he is close to making a decision on returning or retiring.

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