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Jagr hints that this will be his last NHL season

Aug 20, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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Jaromir Jagr‘s Facebook page is becoming quite the source for hockey news and distractions this week.

On Monday, he posted amusing photos from his Reebok photo shoot. Tuesday brought a more noteworthy bit, as he put up an update admitting that the 2013-14 campaign will probably be his last season.

At least, that’s what translations from Bing and Lenka Hosek via Puck Daddy state.

“It looks like this will be my last season,” Jagr wrote.

While it’s logical to state that the 41-year-old is nearing the end of the line, it’s also possible that he could have a change of heart. After all, his commitment to fitness and joy for the game have seemingly only gotten stronger with time.

If this is his last season, the future Hall of Famer has some big milestones in sight.

  • He’s 19 goals away from hitting the 700-goal mark in his career.
  • He’s very close to leapfrogging some huge names on the all-time goal-scoring list and also has some incentive in holding off Teemu Selanne.

6. Mike Gartner (708)
7. Mark Messier (694)
8. Steve Yzerman (692)
9. Mario Lemieux (690)
10. Jagr (681)
11. Selanne (675)

  • Another big milestone of 1,700 career points is within reach. He’s breathing down his buddy’s neck in that regard, too.

5. Marcel Dionne (1771)
6. Yzerman (1755)
7. Lemieux (1723)
8. Jagr (1688)

  • Assists probably won’t be followed with the same fervor, but it’s still an interesting finish to watch, especially since he only collected helpers in his playoff run with Boston.

7. Yzerman (1,063)
8. Gordie Howe (1,049)
9. Dionne (1,040)
10. Lemieux (1,033)
11. Joe Sakic (1,016)
12. Jagr (1,007)

  • He has some reason to invest in the New Jersey Devils’ success, too, as he’s just one goal or assist away from 200 career postseason points.

As usual, Jagr should be fun to watch in 2013-14.

  1. Stiller43 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I reeeeeaallly hope he doesnt pass mario in any categories…

    • jpelle82 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      yeah but when its all said and done, jagr will probably have 500 more games than lemieux so it really is relative. i dont see anyone passing #66’s 1.88 ppg average (most impressive stat in all of hockey in my opinion) any time soon.

      • theschwartzsays - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Second most impressive. #99’s 1.92 ppg is the mot impressive. Especially seeing as how he played a lot more games. Not to mention he has more assists than anyone else has total points. And nearly a 1000 more points than messier who’s right behind him.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        excuse my poor wording, i know that gretzky has the best ppg avg. i meant that the ppg avg stat is the most important or impactful stat to track in my opinion. not necessarily saying that mario’s personal 1.88 itself is any more or less impressive than wayne’s 1.92. jagr is the perfect example of why i think so. jagr plays 1400 games with his talent level and he’s gonna put up 1700 pts. mario having 1700 pts with only 900 games is just a testament to his true greatness over jagr’s longevity.

  2. pensman29 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Ya me too but it’s looking like hes gonna get him on goals and points maybe even assists.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Once he retires it will only be a matter of time until we see #68 hanging in the rafters of Consol. Pre-2005 Penguin fans will appreciate what Jagr did while those after 2005 won’t. I just won’t forget your ghost-like performance vs Jersey in the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals.

    • theageofquarrel - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      I hope not.

  4. bigbadbruins77 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    his point totals would be much higher if he didn’t play overseas for those years. Same with Super Mario, but his number of seasons was obviously due to injury and sickness.

  5. jonkchar - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    surely im not the only one thinking he would play for the islanders someday yo say he played for all the Atlantic division teams

  6. ronhextaller - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I didn’t even know Jagr was on Facebook, thanks PHT…. searching now… must add/follow

  7. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Jagr is amazing. Not the fastest guy ever, but some of the best hands the game has ever seen. Once he had the puck, not too many guys could get it back.

    I hope Penguins fans realize how lucky they’ve been. Some players only come around once in a life time. They’ve had FOUR of them. Lemieux and Jagr, then Crosby and Malkin.

  8. mpops86 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    How do people still talk about his fitness as an asset? HOW?? I know that’s the media’s favorite go-to but use your eyes: he’s toast on the ice. His value comes from his puck creativity and ability to own the puck in the corner to eat the clock, not his legs.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      You really don’t understand how a 41 year old keeping up with guys in their 20’s is an asset?

      • greenmtnboy31 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        If you watched last postseason, then you would see it was blatantly clear he couldn’t keep up with guys in their 20s; he was awful. mpops86 is right on the money; he’s toast on the ice and was constantly getting caught out of position, staying on the ice too long trying make something happen. The only play he made of any significance, was the blatant hooking on Malkin at the center ice red line that led to a goal. He was the slowest guy on a very slow Boston team. Boston (and Jagr) are slow, that’s why Boston’s game is to goon it up.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        You mean the guy leading the team in shots and with 7 assists didn’t do anything? Seems like you don’t really understand how the game is played.

        We all know guys like Bergeron, Seguin and Jagr are known for their goon antics so that’s another great point by you. Congrats on a well thought-out post.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Bergeron does not score that game winning goal against Pit unless he muscles (hooks, depends) a 27 year old off the puck and gets it back.

      So yah, fitness is an asset.

    • theskinsman - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Now,now mpops, don’t state the obvious,or those fans stuck in decades past will take you to task for it.Anyone with eyes knows Jagr can’t skate anymore.The Bruins were on the short end of a powerplay every second he was on the ice for them in the playoffs.
      The guy is a legend,and WAS great.He’s not even marginal anymore. I hope he stays healthy,and plays another 10 years…for anyone but Boston.

  9. mpops86 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    He’s not keeping up, that’s the point. Boston is not a fast team (hello, Krejci), and yet even Shawn Thornton moved significantly better than Jagr did last year. He’s skating in quicksand.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Do you know there’s a difference between being fit and being athletic?

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      It’s weird that only fast guys can play in the NHL. It’s a shame that guys like Adam Oates or other cerebral players couldn’t make it in the league.

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  13. terrier92 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Loved the guy a true rink rat

  14. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Jags is the man.

  15. watchfullhose - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    He’s quitting already?

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