Jaromir Jagr will most certainly be in the Hockey Hall of Fame when all is said and done with his hockey career. Jagr has played for 7 NHL teams (including the Devils), holds a flurry of Penguins records along with 6 Rangers records. He owns tons of NHL records and has an illustrious International career. But what can we expect from Jaromir Jagr this year?
Considering Jagr’s career can be dated back more than 20 years, it almost doesn’t make sense to go into his stats from the 90s. The reason why is because the Devils signed him to a 1-year contract that could very well end Jagr’s career at the end of the season. He isn’t in his 20s anymore and his stats show that but is he still effective at what he does.
Jagr posted very impressive numbers when he went to the KHL. Ever since he went to the KHL he played for the Czech Republic National Team every year in regular International Play, Olympic Games (when applicable), and in World Championships. He posted very good numbers in those competitions and proved that for an aging player, he still had some skill left.
He came back to the NHL signing a 1-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He once again showed that he had a lot of stamina, playing in 73 games during 2011-12. He had 19 goals and 35 assists (54 points) and had 8 points (1 G, 7 A) in 11 playoff games that year.
Jagr chose to play in the Czech Republic during the lockout last year and, despite facing off against somewhat lesser competition, totaled 57 points (24 G, 33 A) in 34 games with HC Kladno. Once the lockout ended, he played in 34 games for the Dallas Stars before being traded to the Boston Bruins. As a member of the Stars he totaled 26 points (14 G, 12 A) and in his 11 games as a Bruin he had 9 points (2 G, 7 A). During the Boston Bruins’ fight to 2nd place in the final playoff standings, Jagr posted 10 points (10 A) in 22 playoff games.
After the Kovalchuk departure, it seemed all but inevitable that Jagr would now become a Devil after rumors circulated before Ilya left. Now they had all the cap room in the world to make more moves. He signed a 1-year, $2 million contract with a $2 million bonus if he plays in 40+ games this year for a total cap hit of $4 million. Not too shabby for a guy who has shown that he can still produce points for a team that severely lacked in point production last season.
I think we can expect pretty good things from Jagr this year. Even if he doesn’t dazzle in the point department, the chemistry with Patrik Elias on the first line will be infectious and he is a great team player. I would expect tons of playmaking ability along with a pretty decent +/- rating. If you look back on his career it would be tough to find a single year where he disappointed on the production front, if any even exist. I don’t see one.