PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Penguins on Friday withdrew their one-year contract offer to forward Jaromir Jagr.
The team made the announcement moments before the free-agency signing period began at noon. The offer was for $2 million.
"We made what we thought was a very fair contract offer to Jaromir on Tuesday, based on his stated interest of returning to the Penguins," general manager Ray Shero said. "We made our best offer from the start, given our salary-cap structure, in an attempt to facilitate a deal. But now, after several days, with an extended time frame for making a decision, and additional teams getting involved, we have decided to move in a different direction."
Jagr, 39, was a Pittsburgh draft pick in 1990, and helped lead the Penguins to two Stanley Cup championships. The franchise's hope was that he accept the offer, play at least one season in Pittsburgh, and then retire with the team he started with.
"Jaromir is one of the greatest players in Penguins history," Shero said, "and we wish him all the best."