Jaromir Jagr will remain in NHL for one more year, playing his 24th season in the league for the Calgary Flames. The Flames announced the deal on their official website and Twitter profile. Reportedly, veteran winger signed 1 year, $1 million deal.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 4, 2017
Despite his advancing age, Jagr was one of the more desirable players in this year’s free agency. The last season he had 46 points in 82 games, and in the season before Jagr scored 66 points in 79 games. There were some rumors that Jagr could return to his native Czech Republic if he doesn’t strike a deal with an NHL team, but Flames obviously decided they could use his experience.
“We watched a lot of his shifts from last year” – said the Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving. “Correction, we watched all of his shifts from last year. He still has that ability inside the blueline to hold onto pucks. His mind is at an elite level. He still makes plays.“
“I already said in a Czech newspaper it’s 99.9 percent that this will be my last season, so I want to get the experience to one day say I played for a Canadian team,” – said Jagr during the press conference.
Regardless of how this season pans out for Jagr and the Flames, he already left a significant mark in the NHL and is future Hall of Famer. With 1,914 points, he is the second-leading scorer in NHL history, behind Wayne Gretzky who has 2,857 points. When it comes to career games played in the league, Jagr is placed 4th with 1,711 but could pass Gordie Howe for the No.1 spot if he plays at least 57 games this season.
“If I can reach it, especially with a Calgary Flames jersey on, it’s going to be special,” Jagr said regarding him potentially being the player with most career games played in NHL history.