The Carolina Hurricanes have been in discussions with an "elite" level free agent who is willing to take below market value on a one-year contract to join the club. That player is not Jaromir Jagr, according to manager Jim Rutherford.
Rutherford discussed the negotiations with this mystery player via radio interview on Tuesday, via Canes Country:
"There is one guy that has said he will take less, and a one year contract, to come to us because he likes our team and would like to play here," Rutherford said Tuesday during an interview on 99.9 The Fan. "I've been continuing to work on ways to do that. We're going to have to move a player out before we're able to add a player. At this point I haven't been able to do that but he player is still waiting patiently."
Amidst speculation about where Jagr will end up, Carolina has been mentioned as a potential destination. Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, confirmed that Jagr would have interest in joining the Hurricanes. Svoboda even mentioned in an exclusive interview with Canes Country that Jagr liked the makeup of Carolina's roster, which fulled speculation about Jagr being this mystery player.
Ultimately, Rutherford's comments on Thursday put an end to that.
Svoboda stated that more than three teams have interest in Jagr. He has not identified any of the suitors.