Jaromir Jagr is without a contract to play hockey next season.
However, the Penguins — seemingly the team still closest to his heart — are planning to extend an offer that could be the first step on a path toward the grandest homecoming by a professional athlete in Pittsburgh since quarterback Terry Bradshaw symbolically rejoined the Steelers family in 2002.
The Penguins plan to invite Jagr to their annual summer alumni golf outing, which will serve as a reunion for members of the 1991 Stanley Cup championship club.
The Penguins have experienced difficulty getting in touch with Jagr. They are not sure if he received invitations sent to his KHL team, Omsk Avangard, to return for the final regular-season game at Civic Arena last year or the Winter Classic alumni game in December. General manager Ray Shero is attending the world championships and is expected to reach out to Jagr after the Czech Republic-United States quarterfinal game today.