CSN – “I haven’t spoken to Jaromir or his agent [since] within two days after the season was over,” Holmgren said. “We left it at we would talk later on near the end of June. Again, we don’t know what the salary cap is going to be, so there is a lot of variables that we have to wait on.” The first round of the NHL draft is June 22. Svoboda told CSNPhilly.com he plans to speak to Holmgren about Jagr during draft weekend, and that while a deal may not be done, Jagr certainly still has interest in returning to the Flyers. Holmgren said he places the odds of a Jagr return at about 50/50.
LibertyBallers – Bob Cooney is reporting that interest in the Sixers sixth man is “significant” around the league. A league source said that the interest in Williams throughout the league is “significant” and that a contract to land him could be “in the Thaddeus Young range.” Before this past season Young signed a 5-year deal worth close to $43 million. “It’s impossible to gauge (how much a team would be willing to pay) because there is are so many teams who have money and Lou certainly is a good player,” said Thorn. “The natural inclination is for teams who have money to spend some of it, of course. The last couple of years there are a lot of teams that have gotten way under the salary cap and I’m sure that Lou will get some interest from teams.”
Both great regular season players, both were completely useless in the playoffs. Lou Will hits harder for me personally because he was drafted by the Sixers and is the second longest tenured Sixer on the squad behind Iguodala. Plus he’s a rapper, boys with Meek Mill, and bought a would-be thief Micky D’s for not robbing him. But along with all of that is the knowledge that he’s also a no-defense bench scorer who will demand big dollars. Sad to see him go but he just doesn’t fit anymore.
And while Jagr has only been a Flyer for a season, everybody enjoyed watching the old man deal throughout the year on a talented line. Just crapped the bed in the postseason (much like the entire team did against New Jersey). If he plans on training harder and losing more weight I guess he’ll be even better next season…and probably even worse when next season’s playoffs start. Dude will be 41. No athlete will ever beat Father Time.
PS – Pronger…why does the team even bother pretending he’ll play again?