Report: Jaromir Jagr signs one-year deal with New Jersey Devils

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Jaromir Jagr has reportedly signed with the New Jersey Devils

Jaromir Jagr is hardly Ilya Kovalchuk, but he could prove to be useful for the Devils. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

It’s been rumored for days. Now, it’s all but official: Jaromir Jagr is only one punch away from filling out his old Atlantic Division card. (All he needs now is to sign on with the Islanders.) The 41-year-old star has reportedly inked a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils, delaying his retirement yet again.

No surprise that it was the Devils who stepped up here. There weren’t many teams that had both the cap space and the need for Jagr.

New Jersey fit the bill. The Devils were desperate for a player who has some panache after Ilya Kovalchuk defected to the KHL earlier this month. And at just one year (no terms have been released), they’re hardly joined at the hip with the aging forward. It’s a limited-risk deal.

Still, what Jagr brings to the table in no way resembles what was lost when Kovy bolted. No speed. No heavy shot. No point presence on the power play. No intimidation factor. So, basically, that limited risk comes with limited reward.

Well, limited for now, anyway.

If Jagr plays well during the season, and the Devils are out of the playoff mix as expected, they might be able to turn him into futures at the trade deadline. That approach worked well last season for the Dallas Stars, who shipped him to Boston for a pick that became a first rounder (Jason Dickinson) and two prospects (Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne). For a franchise that has to forfeit its first-round pick next year as part of the punishment for attempting an end-run around the salary cap with its initial attempt to sign Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010, the Jagr move might be about adding a bargaining chip rather than a player.

  • Published On Jul 22, 2013

     @KevinDoucette is a doucette a small douche? 

    If you didn't really bother to go look at Jagr's stats, he's still  very much a competitor and no, he doesn't have enough money because he is paying salaries for Czech hockey players in Czech Republic, notably at kladno whee he owns the team, helps rebuild Czech extraligua and kinda major influence on Czech  hockey. 

    And why should he retire when he loves hockey and still has very high ranking overall. A point a game, isn't exactly bad stats, is it? Last year Jagr was ranked 47th of forwards at end of season
    Put it in perspective and go look at the players below him who are younger, faster, sexier, stronger, blah-blah-- and why the heck can't they do a Jagr who is  a teetering old man?

    ok look at the names below him

    Ignila  58 (36years)

    Brad Richards  53 (33years)

    Jeff Carter  54 (28years)

    Evander  Kane   56 (21years)

    Tomas Plekanec 57 (30years)

    Here's a guy who is tied in  goals with Corey Perry, Patrik Elias (28yr) , Brad Marchand (25yr)  and James Neal (25yr). He's a whole 2 goals behind Sam Gagner (23years) , Zaxh Parise (28yrs)   and only down one from Jordan Eberle (23yr).

    old, tired, rundown hockey-player, burnt out, over-the-edge geriatric? he's outplaying most of the league if you start reading stats. Moreover he is a huge playmaker-- Assists count. 

    So how can you trash  somebody so  valuable?  You open mouth, read Bleacher report, but never bother to go see what really exists and the production machine Jagr is.  And he is young... unbelievably young. You hear  skaters trashing him? no just bloggers  and mindless  readers, but the reality is just what Renney said, jagr can play for several more years depending on what he wants to do because he is unbelievably young and and skilled player. But when he gets tired of the douchettes, I suppose he will come home and skate here at Kladno where we will be very happy to have him.  

    It's not about  age--it's about skill and real value. Jagr deserves his pay because he brings far more than what he gets in contract money, but obviously  you can't see that actually he is worth a whole lot more than maybe a Brad Richards or Kovalchuk, simply because he commits himself to his team.

    As for money--when you have so much you own a hockey team  and support it , tell me about it. Maybe somebody ought to tell Navratilova to stop beating folks in tennis, too... but it will be sometime yet to come.


    Does he not enough money or something? Retire already.