We've had some big time July 1st's. This one promises to be one of the most interesting.
Free agency begins in less than four hours, and the end of Jagrwatch probably shortly thereafter.
There were reports surfacing last night that the Penguins already prepared a "Welcome Home Jagr," design for their front page. While they might have prepared something, it doesn't mean anything really.
The Penguins and Ray Shero have all kinds of things happening, but the two biggest issues:
1. Can they get Double J to sign?
2. Are they going to keep Tyler Kennedy, and if they do will they overpay?
Tyler Kennedy would be a fool not test the free agent waters. He could get a contract that makes us all want to vomit. Shero has hinted that Kennedy wants to stay in Pittsburgh, and that some contract parameters are in place.
We're saying Kennedy walks, but whatev.
As for Double J? Who knows. The saga of Jagrwatch will never be forgotten.
If the Penguins don't re-sign Tk, and don't get Jagr there are some options, although not many.
A guy like Joel Ward from Nashville or Radim Vrbata could be part of the backup plan that Shero has.
So buckle up. And welcome to July 1st.