Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec has had an eventful weekend. He married Czech actress-singer Lucia Vondráčková in a quiet ceremony in Prague yesterday.
Plekanec and Jagr were part of the highest scoring forward line at the recently completed World Championships in Slovakia. The Czech Republic won the bronze medal after finishing with an 8-1 record. In their eight games together they scored 11 goals and 8 assists.
There has been speculation that Jagr, who is currently a free agent, might join Plekanec in Montreal next season. Jagr admitted at today’s ceremony that there have been discussions with the Canadiens front office but wouldn’t comment further.
Obviously Plekanec would like to see their on-ice partnership resume in Montreal. “I would be happy if Jarda signed wiith the Canadiens. The atmosphere is great there, but I there are a lot of other things that he has to take into consideration.”
Jagr is represented in North America by former Canadiens defenseman Petr Svoboda. Most of the smart money is betting that he will sign with the Detroit Red Wings but just to spice up the story line, Jesse Spector in his New York Daily News column said one of his sources has told him “Jagr will likely wind up with the Canadiens.”
A source told The News Friday that Jagr’s talks with NHL teams are more than just a ploy to get more money out of the Russian team Avangard Omsk, where he has played three seasons. The source said Jagr likely will wind up with the Canadiens
Can’t imagine who his “source” is, but this is guaranteed to fire up the internet chatter in Montreal.
In the voting for the Golden Stick Award, taken among Czech born players, coaches and journalists, Jagr received 1,005 votes, Plekanec – 804.
Golden Stick 2011:
1. JAROMÍR JÁGR
Avangard Omsk, KHL 1005 votes
Montreal Canadiens (NHL) 804
3. ROMAN ČERVENKA
Avangard Omsk (KHL) 743
4. ONDŘEJ PAVELEC
Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) 662
New Jersey (NHL) 352
HC Plzen 1929 328
Boston Bruins (NHL) 304
Florida Panthers (NHL) 297
Minnesota Wild (NHL) 267
Minnesota Wild (NHL) 224