5 Former New Jersey Devils Who Might Retire This Offseason

Keith Kinkaid #1 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates after defeating the Florida Panthers with teammates Jaromir Jagr #68 and Cory Schneider #35 against the at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Keith Kinkaid #1 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates after defeating the Florida Panthers with teammates Jaromir Jagr #68 and Cory Schneider #35 against the at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68): Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /

Jaromir Jagr

We get it. Jaromir Jagr is never going to retire. He is going to play until they have to wheel him out on the ice. Then, he’d transfer to sled hockey.

However, when looking at a list like this, Jagr has to at least be considered. He’s 51 years old for goodness sake. Yes, Jagr has a lot on the line with his team in Czechia. Sponsors rely on him. His team might get relegated if he doesn’t play. He also isn’t that bad, even at this ridiculous age. He had 14 points in 26 games.

Without Jagr, the team might move from Kladno. That’s a lot of pressure on one man, especially when it’s a team so close to Jagr. He played for Kladno way back in the 1980s before he made his NHL debut. Now, he has a chance to give back.

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We haven’t even talked about Jagr’s short time with the Devils. It was really fun at a time that could have been devastating. Jagr lifted the post-Kovalchuk Devils. While they didn’t make the playoffs, Jagr brought an element of competitiveness to those teams. Now, he’s trying to do the same more than a decade later. However, it might just be time. Even Tom Brady retired this year. Jagr might follow suit.