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Report: Jagr agrees to join Devils (Updated)

Jul 22, 2013, 11:37 AM EST

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Jaromir Jagr has agreed to join the New Jersey Devils on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The deal isn’t expected to be officially announced until tomorrow; however, it should come as no surprise after it was reported this weekend that the 41-year-old forward was “99 percent” certain to sign with the Devils.

No financial details have been reported. Jagr’s made $4.5 million (prorated) in 2013.

If he does indeed sign, the Devils will be Jagr’s seventh NHL team. New Jersey will obviously be hoping he can help replace the departed Ilya Kovalchuk.

Update (12:07 p.m. ET):

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Why is this ledgend such a journeyman?

    • mpg44 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Because he can.

    • thenewraoulduke - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      He really likes Don’t Stop Believin?

    • budzo83 - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Because he signs short term, there is a demand for his services, and he wants to play where he can get top 6 minutes. I’m sure having private access to the practice facilities is now a pre-requisite as well.

  2. bdawk20 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Don’t worry, he’s not in it for the money. He loves the “insert team name here” and the “insert team name here” are the best fit for him at the moment.

    • Tyler - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Part of me wonders if he’s in it to pass Lemieux on the all time points list. He only needs 35 more points.

      Another part of me wonders if he joined NJ so he can play with Zidlicky and Elias, who are both Czech. In an Olympic year no less.

      But most of me thinks he just wants to play hockey and get paid. Can’t blame him.

  3. President Charles Logan - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    i never saw this coming actually .. i figured maybe montreal or detroit but nj? not sure how this is gonna work or play out but we’ll see . no matter what im always a fan of the legend

    • mrpinkca - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Too many taxes in Montreal.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Sure, since taxes are practically non-existent in NJ and no tolls on roads & bridges.

    • 950003cups - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      NJ is closer to Atlantic City than Detroit and Montreal. I guess he wanted to sign in Philly since its the closest to the casinos

  4. buckyblackhawk - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    That means there will be a new Jagr added to the traveling group. Where do I apply?

    • sjsblitz - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Thats probably what Jagr has been planning all along. A Jagr for every NHL team, and even one from the KHL!

      • buckyblackhawk - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        I doubt he will end the season with the Devils. He will most likely be traded once again near the deadline.

  5. guanacoracing - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Whether this was a good signing or not will depend on the terms. Granted the Devils now have a lot of cap space but how much will be too much for a 1-yr deal for the veteran?

  6. terrier92 - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Really enjoyed watching Jarg play for Bruins. The guy is a rink rat . Fact is who wouldnt want to play if someone was willing to pay you. It will be interesting to see what contract is worth.

  7. bruins18 - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I love jagr, and loved having him in Boston but there is no way he is “replacing” kovalchuck lol.. He’s a great stick handler and very strong on the puck but has lost a lot in the speed department. He can create plays but for the most part can’t keep up to finish em…

  8. modellforprez - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    The Devils should Just forward that money to the Bookies/Casinos in Jersery because thats where its going anyway. right Yags or as we like to call him Jaromir Mush Mush Jagoffr. as far the devils go was that their best bet i know Kovalcunt rolled on them but still brendan Marrow might have been a better fit

  9. 1337ryan - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Well, now that they’ve addressed the hole that Kovalchuk left…

  10. shoobiedoobin - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    “I heartily endorse this event or product” – Krusty

  11. 950003cups - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    The only use he’ll have here in NJ is that he played in the KHL and hated it. Maybe he can talk Loktionov in to staying before they pillage any more players.

    • micklethepickle - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Hilarious!

  12. deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    If he does sign with NJ, I hope he keeps the Lemmy Kilmister facial hair- that s*** is cool.

  13. heyzeus143 - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Well now know who will eliminate the Pens this year

    • sheckyrimshot - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      the team that jagr gets traded to when it becomes clear that the devils aren’t going to make the playoffs?

  14. pizzaman77 - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I think the bar might be a little too high that he’s going to “replace” Kovalchuk. Jagr isn’t an offensive powerhouse anymore. I’d love it if he proved me wrong because he was exciting to watch back in his day

    • stakex - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      I don’t think anyone would ever expect him to replace Kovalchuk. Jagr might have a year or two left in him… but he’s a middle of the pack player at best, and everyone knows that.

  15. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Smart move by any team that signs Jagr. He clearly has some gas left in the tank and if the team doesn’t make the playoffs, he is excellent trade bait for a contender. Dallas got 2 prospects and a first rounder (from a conditional second round) for him. He might be a worth a little less now but still could grab a second/third rounder and a prospect.

    One thing to watch out for though is, can he take an 82 game schedule?

    Should be interesting.

    As far as how this trade helps the Devils, it’s win/win. He’s a good influence for some of the younger guys as well as the reasons mentioned prior.

    Their team still needs an offensive answer. If they were able to get Brunner to sign on, this team might have some might have some depth.

  16. ray2013 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    I guess they needed another former marquee name for the Metropolitan Division. (P.S. Can we just call it the Metro Division yet?)

  17. capsrockva - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    If true that would suck for caps fans. he’s a dam good player

  18. greenmtnboy31 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I guess NJ really didn’t watch the playoffs or SCF, because if they had then they would have seen Jagr struggle to keep up with the play and generally be nonexistent and a nonfactor. The game has passed him by, but he insists on clinging on.

    • kane987245 - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      @GreenmTNboy31: I guess you did not see the SCF’s either because Jagr wasn’t on the team to get points,. he was there for playmaking abilities. All hios point in the SCF were A’s, meaning he helped set up at least 10 scoring chances and connected when it matters the most, in the Finals. Guess you are right, No one wants a living Hockey Legend on their team.

  19. kane987245 - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    I said it before, and i’ll say it again, Jagr is NOT a replacement for Kovy leaving. Anyone who says this and ACTUALLY believes it are delusional. Jagr is a SHORT TERM Solution or a part of it. This year is simply about being able to compete well and the next season is about moving on completely by grabbing a young free agent, whoever it may be, and potentially signing them to a long term contract. Best thing the Devils can do for now and they still have some money to sign back Henrique.

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