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Devils officially ink Jagr to one-year deal (Updated with salary)

Jul 23, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils have officially announced the signing of veteran forward Jaromir Jagr — a one-year deal with a $2 million base salary.

According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, the remainder of the deal is more complex. Jagr gets a $250,000 bonus for every five games played from 10 to 45, meaning there’s potential for an additional $2 million in bonus money.

So all told, the contract could be worth around $4 million for 2013-14.

Rumors of a deal with the Devils have persisted for days. On Monday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported Jagr had agreed to join the club.

New Jersey is the seventh NHL team that Jagr, 41, has played for during his 23-year career after being drafted by Pittsburgh fifth overall at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He’s also spent time in Washington, New York (Rangers), Philadelphia, Dallas and Boston.

As mentioned, no financial details have been reported on the new deal with the Devils, though Jagr made $4.5 million (prorated) in 2013 and $3.3 million in 2011-12 with Philadelphia.

The move to New Jersey makes sense on a number of fronts.

One, the club needed a skill winger with some star power after Ilya Kovalchuk’s shock retirement.

Two, New Jersey has nearly $10 million in available cap space, more than enough to make Jagr a healthy offer.

Three, there’s a certain comfort level for Jagr in Jersey.

The Devils have fellow Czechs Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky on the active roster and recently signed another Czech, Rostislav Olesz, to a one-year deal.

New Jersey also signed Jagr’s former Stars teammate, Michael Ryder, earlier this summer.

  1. chrisk61 - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    who cares. jagr may be ok during the dog days of the regular season, but he is invisible when it counts in the playoffs. nj has no shot for playoffs this yr, so jagr is probaby a late season trade to a playoff contending team, similar to his dall to bost move last yr. jagr is just grabbing the money near the end of his career.

    • hockey412 - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      NJ could use some draft picks, so trading him isn’t a bad deal for them. If you’re going to start criticizing athletes for grabbing money near the end of their careers, I think you misunderstand the concept of capitalism, and there’s a long list of others you’d need to include. I say good for him, good for NJ.

    • 950003cups - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      LOOKS LIKE JAGR SHAVED THE FACIAL HAIR as per team policy.

      Click there before they change the pic

  2. ibieiniid - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    it’s confirmed… I shall now be referring to the Metropolitan division as the Jagr division.

  3. packerswin96 - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I hope it is in the contract that Jagr must shave that ridiculous facial hair he had going on in the playoffs.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      excuse me… who the hell wouldn’t want Sabretooth on their team?

      • ibieiniid - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      That was the best playoff facial hair by far. What’s with the hate?

  4. 950003cups - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    First time I can remember that I don’t give a rats ass that the Devils signed a known name. Also, the first time everyone knew it was gonna happen.

    I still would love to know what happened behind the scenes with Kovy leaving. I don’t buy that “homesick” thing or that it was over money. That’s too generic an excuse.

    • barkar942 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Look, the Devils are in the toidy right now. They have lost Kovy, they have lost Parise, they have lost Clarkson. Marty has very little time left. So does Elias.
      I think the contract structure is a good one for the Devils due to Jags spending a large amount of time on IR, so the 5 game-$250,000 bonus structure is good for the Devils bottom line.
      Now, if the Devils make the playoffs and Jags is playing well, Lou looks like a genius.
      If the Devils are out of it come trade deadline, and Lou gets back a first or second round pick for Jags, Lou looks like a genius.
      I personally think it is a win-win signing for them as long as he stays reasonably healthy.
      The Devils don’t have a lot of good things going on lately- this has the potential to work well for Lou and the team’s future.

      • 950003cups - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        I guess there is a lot of silver linings. Even if he sucks and we don’t make the playoffs, and get nothing for him, its just a 1 year deal.

  5. Windmiller4 - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Personally I think this is a great move, they’re gonna lose their first round pick next year, and the addition of Jagr should help them move up a bit in the standings. IMO if they still had their first round pick they wouldn’t be signing him, this is just kid of a safeguard against losing too high of a pick. Plus it also helps that he can be flipped for picks and prospects at the deadline

  6. blomfeld - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM


    At least that’s the case with Sir Michael Philip Jagger, who was born on July 26, 1943. I still can’t get my ahead around the fact that both Mick and Keith are now actual ‘geezers’ … I mean seriously man, what’s this world coming to eh ? :) Anyway, with this other Jagr who’s now about to fleece the Devils of even more money, I’d say it’s probably best to simply say nothing at this point. What Kovalchuk did to them was ‘despicable’ and no doubt the organization and it’s fans are hurting badly. Never ‘pile on’ as the unwritten rule says. On the bright side however, perhaps it might be an idea to have that jerk Kovalchuk pay for Jagr’s one year deal out of his own pocket ? … I think that’s the least the filthy ‘deserter’ could do, given all the upset which he’s brought to the good folk of New Jersey …

    • ibieiniid - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      your sarcasm, irony, facetiousness, and what you actually think all blends together for me…. i never know what you’re trying to say and what you’re joking about…. good folk of New Jersey?

      • alexbaymac - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        ibie, I think you’re giving him (her? It? Idi-IT!) too much credit. Besides, bloom had to find someone older to call a ‘geezer’ because I’m pretty sure blom was ‘old’ when Jagr was a baby…

        Good luck Mr. Jagr. If this is indeed your last season, may you exit it with dignity. And uninjured.

  7. sabatimus - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Gross overpay.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Half of it for Just For Men products.

  8. earpaniac - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    As a Hawk fan, I’ve seen Olesz. I wouldn’t get used to seeing him as a teamate, Jaromir. He’s horrible.

    • 950003cups - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      As a Hawks fan, you have no idea how Olesz plays. He played 9 minutes a game for only 6 games. That was 2 years ago.

  9. cspsrbums - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    At 41 he is still better then 90% of the league

    • ibieiniid - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      i have a hard time arguing that. 23-man rosters for 30 teams means 690 players. so if he’s better than the 70th best player…. top 10%. idk if i could pick 69 better NHL players.

      then again, i saw the most of him recently when he was a Flyer a couple ago, and he was in a really effective spot on that team, so maybe i gave him a subconscious boost in rating.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      …for the first 15 seconds of each shift.

  10. tru2joelu4eva - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    why do teams keep signing this guy? he’s ruining his own legacy.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      lol he’s at 0.75 points per in the last 2 seasons, i think he’ll be fine…………. with his almost 1700 career points.

      • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        that’s a very good point, i did not realize that he had been so productive. i still think that bouncing around from team to team like this reflects poorly on his character.

  11. jhuck92 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    “…a deal with the Devils.” Nice play on words, but I hope it doesn’t end up costing him his soul (career in this case) since he’s so old. He should have retired this summer in my opinion.

  12. flydommo - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    It’s not a deal with the Devils, it’s a Faustian pact or bargain…

  13. proudliberal85392 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Did the deal include a Hovaround?

  14. whiskytango333 - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    This is actually a good deal for the Devils. Not much risk with a guy like this only guaranteeing 2 million, with the other half tied up in playing time incentives and bonuses.

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