Jaromir Jagr will turn 43 during the next NHL season, but it looks like he’ll be back in a Devils uniform for it. Jagr climbed further up the all-time scoring charts with his team-leading 2013-14 season: can he become a top four goal- and point-getter next season?
Jammy’s back. Jaromir Jagr’s first NHL season came in 1990-91 with the Pittsburgh Penguins – and it looks like he’ll still be playing in the world’s best league in 2014-15. Shortly after some of
Jagr’s comments on a Czech website suggested he would be back in a Devils jersey next season, TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie followed up with this tweet:
Jagr who turned 42 in February, had a very good season for New Jersey, leading them in scoring with 67 points in 82 games. The expected slowdown never really happened for Jagr, even though he also played a major role for the Czech Republic at the Sochi Olympics. And it was an historic season for No. 68, too. He became the NHL’s all-time leader in game-winning goals (now at 124) and he surpassed Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier on the all-time goal scoring list. Now ranked seventh all-time in goals and sixth all-time in points, another season like the one he just had could make him a top four player in both categories. According to what Jagr’s agent
Petr Svoboda told Rich Chere, an official announcement could come as early as Wednesday, though nothing had been signed yet:
The veteran right winger’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told The Star-Ledger a deal was very close for what is believed to be a one-year contract for approximately $5 million. With player bonuses, the deal could be worth up to $6 million.
“Absolutely. The deal is very very close but it’s not finalized yet,” Svovoda said. “Lou (Lamoriello) will let you know as soon as it’s complete.”
Lamoriello confirmed the deal was extremely close to being finalized, perhaps as early as Wednesday, but said he was not yet ready to make the announcement. Jagr will turn 43 next season. (Please play to 50, please play to 50, please play to 50…) So let the 2018 Olympic Watch commence
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