Jagr signs with Stars

While the two biggest stars on the NHL free-agent market were still pondering their futures, a future Hall of Famer found a new home in Texas.

While the two biggest stars on the NHL free-agent market were still pondering their futures, a future Hall of Famer found a new home in Texas.

The Dallas Stars signed 40-year Jaromir Jagr to a one-year deal worth $4.55 million on Tuesday.

“He’s still a world-class player,” Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. “For us to bring a player like that to our franchise is a big deal.”

Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, however, were not yet ready to pick a team to play for next season and beyond.

“When a young man is asked to commit for 13 years, why is it considered extraordinary to take a few days to make a decision?” Neil Sheehy, Suter’s agent, wrote in an email. “A deal will happen when it happens.”

Parise said Tuesday he still didn’t have a timetable for his decision soon after landing in his home state at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

“I’m back here to talk with my family and make sure that we’ve done all the work that we need to do make sure we make the right decision,” Parise told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

Parise hasn’t met with any teams, one of his agents, Wade Arnott, told The Associated Press. His other agent, Don Meehan, said there was no chance the coveted client would make a decision Tuesday night.

“We will resume tomorrow,” Arnott wrote in a text message Tuesday night.

The New Jersey Devils want their top forward available to re-sign while Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit and Minnesota are among the teams that are trying to lure him away.

Parise said he has been looking at where he wants to live, where he’ll be happy and what team he wants to play for since hitting the market Sunday. And, he’s looking forward to being done with the process.

“It’s been a stressful couple days,” Parise told the Star Tribune.

The two free agents are both 27 and each has been with only one team during their seven-season careers. Suter has played for the Nashville Predators, who are hoping for a quick answer from him so that they can move onto Plan B if necessary. The Predators aren’t alone.

Second-tier free agents such as defenceman Matt Carle and forward Alexander Semin seem to be waiting for Suter and Praise to sign so that they can offer their talents to teams that don’t get a top target.

Some players, however, have jumped at chances to re-sign or sign in the opening three days of free agency.

Colorado kept defenceman Erik Johnson thanks to a $15 million, four-year deal and New Jersey retained defenceman Bryce Salvador with a $9.5 million, three-year contract.

Jagr, who played last season with Philadelphia, has led the NHL in scoring five times and won an MVP. He had 19 goals and 54 points — both career lows — for the Flyers.

In NHL history, he ranks first with 16 overtime goals, second with 114 game-winning goals, eighth with 1,653 career points, 11th with 665 goals and 12th with 988 assists.

Jiri Hudler signed a $16 million, four-year contract with Calgary — getting much more than Detroit offered to keep him — and former Flames forward Olli Jokinen left to play in Winnipeg on a $9 million, two-year contract on Monday.

There were a flurry of signings Sunday — Day 1 of NHL free agency — including forward P.A. Parenteau leaving the New York Islanders for a $16 million, four-year contract with the Avalanche and 40-year-old forward Ray Whitney getting a $9 million, two-year deal from Dallas.

———

Follow Larry Lage on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/larrylage

Just Posted

Alberta hiring more paramedics and buying new ambulances, none for Red Deer

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer is not concerned the provincial government didn’t… Continue reading

‘My nightmare began again’: Close call as bus carrying Humboldt crash survivor rear-ended

CALGARY — A terrifying ordeal for Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki this… Continue reading

Halifax airport operations normalize after Boeing 747 runway overshoot

HALIFAX — The Halifax Stanfield International Airport has resumed normal operations a… Continue reading

Bentley family left without a home grateful for community support

Central Albertans are coming together to support a Bentley family left homeless… Continue reading

Red Deer RCMP ready for new mandatory alcohol screening law

Red Deer RCMP are ready to enforce a new law intended to… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer and District Kennel Club Dog Show at Westerner Park

The Red Deer and District Kennel Club is holding a dog show… Continue reading

Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff… Continue reading

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain… Continue reading

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

Brothers, 20, face second-degree murder charge in death of teen: police

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say two brothers have been… Continue reading

A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

WASHINGTON — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit… Continue reading

TTC union asks provincial government to step in on transition to Presto

TORONTO — The union representing transit workers in Canada’s most populous city… Continue reading

Small pot growers find roadblocks on path to microcultivation licences

Yan Boissonneault’s daughter was turning blue. Without warning, his baby had stopped… Continue reading

Most Read