Jaromir Jagr has played both ends against the middle before. Ask the Edmonton Oilers. So let’s not take all of this talk about “maybe”  joining the Montreal Canadiens very seriously. 

Jagr heated up the talk again today right after the Czech Republic beat Russia 7-4 in the bronze medal game at the World Championships.
Jagr says he hasn’t been offered a contract for next season by Ak-Bars Kazan.  He told reporters, “Maybe it will be still fun to go back to the NHL. Maybe Pittsburgh. I don’t know. Maybe Montreal. Maybe New York……. Montreal and Canada, it’s totally different hockey. The fans are crazy about hockey and I’ve never played in Canada in my life. You never know.”
Maybe Montreal.  But then again, maybe not.
And the other side of that coin is whether anyone is interested in his services. He’s 39 years old and is used to signing multi-million dollar contacts. He earned seven million a season in the KHL.
Still, he has game. In nine games at the World Championships playing on a line centre by Tomas Plekanec, he scored five goals and four assists. He had a plus-5 rating.
Is he worth a shot? Sure. Doesn’t the thought of a line of Plekanec, Cammalleri and Jagr sound tempting? But at what cost? One year at two million? Certainly no more. Would he be more productive than unrestricted free agents Mathieu Darche or Jeff Halpern? Sure. But is he capable of playing the defensive game that Jacques Martin demands of all of his forwards.
As to the Canadiens being a desirable destination, I’m sure the fact that the Montreal Casino is only a couple of kilometers from the Bell Centre is an attraction.
Ultimately, I think you can safely bet that Jagr is simply playing everyone again.