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Report: Jagr ’99 percent’ to sign with Devils

Jul 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Jaromir Jagr Getty Images

JagrWatch 2013 rolls on and the smoke surrounding the possibility of him signing with the New Jersey Devils grows ever stronger.

Czech broadcaster Roman Jedlicka tweeted saying it was “99 percent Jagr is gonna sign” with the Devils. 

This follows on the heels of news reports of the 41 year-old future Hall of Famer being in New Jersey to “inspect” the Prudential Center and to see what’s going on there.

Of course, the Devils aren’t commenting on the situation and everything else coming out of the Czech Republic regarding Jagr is speculative, at best. The Devils make a lot of sense for Jagr as they need help now that Ilya Kovalchuk has fled to the KHL and they lost David Clarkson to free agency.

At this point the situation feels like episode of “Seinfeld” with Jerry negotiating to get Puddy and Elaine back together. “What’s it going to take to get you two in a relationship?”

  1. polegojim - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Based on his performance in The Finals… he SHOULD be generating interest.

    The guy was gaming from the drop of the first puck to the sound of the last buzzer.

    • joey4id - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      0 Gs and -1 rating. C’mon. Devils are desperate.

      • polegojim - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        I assume you watched the Finals Joey???

        The guy was busting his butt trying to make things happen… and giving them frequent chances.

      • joey4id - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        I don’t disagree that he worked hard. Bottom line though is the result. He failed! The Bruins failed! He’s 41! I like/d the guy, but time to let the younger players play and develop their skils.

  2. raoool - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Puddy’s doing way better in his new gig

  3. rgotoguy - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    No surprise here, Jagr is once again about to sign with the organization that offers him the biggest payday.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Why? Does he really care about koney that much. Why spend your last season (most likely) in the NHL with a team that won’t make the playoffs? Why?

    • stakex - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Pretty good question. Though it might have something to do with most of the likely contenders being flush up against the cap already.

      I mean he might be willing to take a pay cut to play for a contender, but he who can blame him if he doesn’t want to take peanuts? He already has his cups, and at this point its more about financial security going forward.

      • joey4id - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Financial security? If he hasn’t achieved that by now, he won’t anytime soon.

    • mpg44 - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      We will see come April on that one. Every time the devils are counted out they shove it back where the sun don’t shine!! I love being the underdog!

  5. themckman - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    For a second I thought I was on PFT when I read that Seinfeld reference!

  6. modellforprez - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    The Seinfeld comparisons are awful its nothing like that. how do you compare a 41 year old degenarate gambler who gambled his fortune and lost it all hockey player with arguably the best comedy sitcom of all time when Puddy was a devil fan most famous for painting his face walking right up to kramer and steinfeld and says you guys ready. ok LETS GET IT ON. LETS GO DEVILS YEEEAH. then at madison squabble he bangs on the glass YOUR DEAD MESSIER YOUR DEAD. will you sit down. im just trying to support the team man. priest in car= the devil

  7. spochiefsfan - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:39 AM


  8. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Huge Jagr fan based on his one awesome season in Philly but I have serious reservations that he will make it through another 82 games, plus a potential playoff trip. Although he was productive in the playoffs this year, he still was forced to take very short shifts following just 48 games. Also, the Devils top-9, even with Jagr, isn’t very intimidating. I would expect them to struggle to score again this season. It’s hard to replace the likes of Parise, Kovalchuk, and Clarkson with Clowe, Jagr, and Ryder… that’s not close to an even trade.

    Jagr will probably put up around 50pts but I don’t see the Devils making the playoffs. And their defense is similar to the Flyers in that it’s quantity over quality. Maybe Brodeur/Schneider save them but I don’t know.

    • nj666 - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      HAHA I cant believe you think the devils defense is on the same level as the flyers.. Did Pronger come back or something?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        First off, I said they’re similar, not the same level. And who exactly is the Devils Pronger that puts them so far ahead? I’d like to know how any combination of Larsson (the only potential stud), Salvador, Zidlicky, Greene, Volchenkov, Harold, Fayne, Gelinas, and Urbom is light years better than Timonen, Streit, Coburn, Grossmann, Schenn, Gustafsson, Mez, and Gervais? Yes the Flyers defense had a terrible season but that doesn’t mean they’re terrible players. If they all play to their potential they’re easily on par with that Devils blueline. You don’t have that #1 stud either and to me that’s a top-6 of 2nd and 3rd pairing guys, much like the Flyers. Larsson can develop into a difference maker but he’s not there yet. So keep laughing but we’ll see how the season unfolds for a Devils team that looks to be on the downswing.

    • x985 - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Let’s look at the numbers from last season. Kovalchuk (31Pts/37GP), Clarkson (24Pts/48G) vs. Clowe (19Pts/40G), Jagr (35Pts/45G), Ryder (35Pts/46G). Yeah, that’s not even close. And they still have money to sign someone else.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        I think you’re leaving someone pretty important out of the equation… Parise. Yeah they didn’t have him last season but when you look at the team that made it to the Finals versus the current roster, it’s pretty easy to see it’s not a comparable top-9. Losing Parise and Kovalchuk in consecutive seasons is devastating. And I actually thought the Ryder pickup was one of the best signings of the summer. But the Clowe contract is on the opposite side of the spectrum. Last season the Devils averaged 2.25 goals per game (3rd worst in the NHL) and they’ve lost their best two players in back to back summers (plus Clarkson, as overrated as he might be)… tell me how they’re better. Just bc Jagr and Ryder are coming off productive seasons doesn’t mean the Devils will be improved.

        As for the defensive side… the Flyers allowed all of 17 more goals than the Devils while dressing 13 different defensemen.

      • ryanrockzzz - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Yea…with all of those assists lumped in there…the Devils will be great at passing the puck to each other.

  9. nj666 - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    This is all b/s unless its being reported by Tom Gulitti I wouldn’t bother to take this as seriously. Its a possibility but I wouldn’t say 99 percent. With Lou running things I’d say this is a 50/50 shot.

    • thecheeman - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:52 AM

      I love TG but he gets scooped by the national guys in Canada on all kinds of Devils news. He’s not plugged in. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t the first to report Clowe or Ryder, and he obviously had no idea about Schneider.

      I would think a credible Czech source is very believable here.

  10. mmmpierogi - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I realize it’ll probably never happen, but if Jagr does sign with the Devils and then, hypothetically, were to sign with the Islanders after, he’d have played with every team in the then-former Atlantic Division. Who’s the last guy to have played for every team in a division?

    • devils27 - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Recently? I know Aaron Asham has. Played with NYI NJD PHI PIT and NYR.

  11. dharrislcsw11 - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Getting Jagr is a no brainer for the Devil’s. Risk and cost will be minimal. With a anemic offense he can only help, foremost on the power play. He has become a really good passer and works harder in the corners now than he ever did when he was younger.Get on it Lou!!!!

  12. colby7 - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Is it me or does he even look slow in that picture?

  13. slysipops - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    please …anywhere but CHICAGO ! i would never live it down after all the trashmouthing i gave the Bfans ! giving this guy a job because of what he did in yesteryear and his glorious name is BULL at best. he was barely breathing when he struggled back to the bench so many times in a short season last year….and he aint getting younger ! hey, i am an old fart, but i still think he should give up the pretending ! i still play rat , but league play would be too much anymore, reality has to step in . remember M JORDON trying to play baseball in his older years…total joke ! also is it fair to a kid who has put in his time in the minors to lose a spot to a …maybe part-timer ?

  14. jb8383 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun 5m
    OK 30-sec break from vacation. Jaromir Jagr has agreed to one-year deal with Devils. Likely won’t be officially announced until Tuesday…

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