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Jagr relocated scoring touch in Europe

PRAGUE -- New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr has signed on to play another season with Russian Super League team Avangard Omsk if the National Hockey League's labor dispute halts the start of next season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We have agreed upon and signed a contract for another season," the CTK news agency quoted Jaroslav Zidek, who represented the Czech at talks in Russia, as saying.

Jagr joined Omsk, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, after the NHL locked out players following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

The 33-year-old, who would have been the highest paid NHL player this season at $11 million, has won two Stanley Cups and
five NHL scoring titles but had a career-low 29 points in an injury-plagued 2003-04 season for the Rangers.

He enjoyed a resurgence in Europe, though, scoring 16 goals and 22 assists in just 32 regular-season games, helping Omsk to
reach the semifinals of the league playoffs.

"The meeting was difficult, but his performance (this season) was a very strong argument (for Omsk to increase its offer). In the end, both sides are satisfied I think," Zidek added.

Nearly 400 NHL players headed to play overseas this season after the league became the first North American sport to lose an entire campaign to a labor dispute.

The two sides have met since the cancellation of the season, but a labor deal appears no closer and late last month the league cancelled the June entry draft.