It what seemed like an entire week, the deal is finally done according to a reputable insider here in North America. Pirere LeBrun of ESPN and TSN reported Monday morning that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to sign with the Devils. The deal is for one year, no money figure yet, as team policy.
For the past week reports out of Jagr’s home country, the Czech Republic, stated that the future hall of famer was all set to join the Devils. There were no rumblings out of anybody close to the organization or the press in North America about a deal being done until Monday.
Jagr was spotted by a several people taking a tour of the Prudential Center and the Devils practice rink during a men’s league game as early as last week.
Jagr signed a one year, 4 million dollar deal last off season with the Dallas Stars, before being traded to the Boston Bruins for their cup run. The 41 year-old winger didn’t score in the playoffs, but managed to play a big part in the Bruins’ playoff run on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
Jagr will be able to control the puck, being he is still very hard to knock off the puck. His speed is certainly not the greatest at his
age, but should fit well in Pete DeBoer’s forchecking and cycle system.
It has been rumored that Jagr wanted to play along side fellow countryman Patrik Elias for a long time, and now it looks like they have been united.
Two weeks ago Ilya Kovalchuk retired leaving New Jersey with a big hole in their top 6, and more cap space to spend. After the Jagr signing the Devils will have about six million left in cap space to resign RFA Adam Henrique to a new deal. The two sides have said they are very close and just have some last hurdles to get over.
Signing Jagr has to make the Damien Brunner rumors more interesting, as it was reported earlier in the month that the Devils were close to signing the young Swiss winger. No new information has come out about Brunner and the Devils, but their wasn’t any real hard news from North America on Jagr and the Devils for about a week.