July 1, 2011 / 6:16 PM / 7 years ago

Flyers make splash by signing Jagr to one-year deal

Czech Republic's Jaromir Jagr celebrates his second goal against the U.S. during their quarter-final match at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Bratislava May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Petr Josek

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Philadelphia Flyers agreed to terms with free agent Jaromir Jagr, the team said on Friday after other clubs dropped out of the bidding for the five-time National Hockey League (NHL) scoring champ.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but local media said the Czech Republic forward, who has not played in the NHL since the 2007-2008 season, agreed to a one-year contract for $3.3 million.

His signing marks yet another major offseason move by a Flyers team that signed free agent goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and traded away captain Mike Richards and high-scoring center Jeff Carter last week.

Jagr, 39 and a former NHL most valuable player, helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win two Stanley Cups during his 11 years with the team. He has scored 646 goals and accrued 1,599 points in 1,273 career NHL games.

He has spent the last three seasons playing in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

Earlier on Friday, the Penguins said they withdrew their one-year, $2 million offer to Jagr to avoid getting into a bidding war, followed by the Detroit Red Wings.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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