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Report: Jagr to re-up in New Jersey (Updated)

Apr 29, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

Sounds as though Jaromir Jagr will return for a 23rd NHL season and second with the Devils, per Nova Sports’ Roman Jedlicka:

Jagr, who turned 42 in February, played last season — his first with New Jersey — on a one-year, $4.55 million deal and proved to be one of the best free agent signings of the summer, leading the Devils in scoring (67 points) while finishing 27th in the NHL in scoring.

He also appeared in all 82 games and represented the Czech Republic at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, suggesting that he’s nowhere close to slowing down.

Should Jedlicka’s report prove accurate and Jagr does indeed return, 2014-15 promises to be one filled with milestones. Jagr currently sits sixth on the NHL’s all-time points leaderboard — with 1,755 — needing 17 more to surpass Marcel Dionne for fifth and 44 to move past Ron Francis for fourth.

He could also move significantly up the goals scored leaderboard. Jagr’s currently on 705 — seventh-most all-time — but is within striking distance of Mike Gartner (708), Phil Esposito (717), Dionne (731) and Brett Hull (741).

That Jagr wants to continue in New Jersey shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. In March, he said he liked his situation with the Devils and that he would keep playing in the NHL “for as long as I can. I love it.”

Update: Per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, sounds like the deal is done and could be a nice raise for Jagr…

  1. killerpgh - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    One of the all time greats, but Jagr’s word mean nothing. Wait until the ink is dry on the contract before believing this story.

  2. stroknows - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    I don’t understand why people continue to bring up milestones. It’s pretty simple, Jagr would be the 2nd greatest all time scorer behind Gretzky if he didn’t leave the NHL.

  3. nj666 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:24 PM

  4. gbart22 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Imagine if he hadn’t left for those few years to play in the khl where is numbers might be. Definitely would be second all time in pts and probably would have broken the 2000pt mark

  5. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Not taking anything away from how impressive Jagr is at this stage of his legendary HoF career but if Jagr is New Jersey’s best scorer (or even top 3), there’s a problem with your roster and GM.

    Just sayin’.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      what do you mean? Jagr scored 67 points this year (27th in the league, good enough for top 3 on just about ANY team) and the Devs just lost something called a Kovalchuk. I don’t think I’m seeing your point here.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Translation –

        They need to severe some of their dead weight for some player depth that doesn’t force their offense to be focused around Jagr.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        I like the revised point much better than the initial one, since they’re nothing alike. “Translation” he says…

    • nj666 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      If you actually watched devils games. You’d know the offense was not focused around jagr.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        nj66, you do realize that Jagr was SECOND in TOI among the Devils forwards, right?

        Apparently you don’t know jack about your own team.

      • nj666 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        that doesn’t mean the offense was focused around him. The devils have a system they dont just base it off of just one player.. I know that must be hard for you to comprehend.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        “that doesn’t mean the offense was focused around him. The devils have a system they dont just base it off of just one player”

        Think before you type. You can make the whole world facepalm with that.

        He’s second in TOI because he was their primary source of offense regardless of whatever offensive system is run by Deboer.

        FFS the guy is not killing penalties … LOL

        There’s nothing wrong with resigning Jagr but to rely on him as your primary source of offense will result in another year of missing the playoffs.

        There’s plenty of dead weight that should be (I say should be because the Devils have their hands tied with some bad contracts) severed so that Jagr is a depth player and not your star player.

        This is not difficult stuff to grasp.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      If Jagr is your top scorer, your team simply doesn’t have enough production. At this point in his career, he’s a depth player and not a star player.

      Second post is just a dumbed down version of the first.

      Yet, you seem to be the only one struggling with it.

  6. njadvocate111 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    If it wasn’t for Eastern European casino’s, Jagr’s legacy would be mythical. But 2 month craps benders and child support don’t pay for themselves. Let him walk and and throw the money at guys like Callahan, Vanek or Stastny. Rebuilding this franchise isn’t going to start by holding on to guys like Jagr and Marty. You don’t pay guys for their past, time for Lou to show some tough love if they want to relevant again anytime soon in that division.

    • biasedhomer - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      How are they paying for Jagrs past? They aren’t giving him a 5 yr 35M dollar deal.

      • njadvocate111 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I wouldn’t pay him period. I personally am not a fan of his game in today’s NHL. It’s easy to look at fantasy stats and say hes still a great player. But after making it to the Cup finals the year prior, I think last year was a tremendous step in the wrong direction. I understand that they’ve lost Parise, Kovy and Clarkson in the past couple years, but everyone rebuilds at some point, and I just dont think resigning Jagr does much for that. Couldn’t agree more with what was said above, “if the offense is focused around Jagr” again this year, similar strides ( or lack there of) can be expected to be made. Just my opinion, I think there is money to be spent more wisely elsewhere. He made 2 mill last year, you think hell take less than that after being the leading scorer? Throw that money at Callahan, he gives you a hell of a lot more than Jagr would.

    • nj666 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      if you’re a real devils fan, you would see that they’re not bringing in jagr for the future. He’s more like a coach out on the ice with the players. He makes the younger players around him better. Not to mention if you’re answer to “rebuilding” is throwing money at players like Vanek well you are clearly confused.

  7. ewampus - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Jagr in the NHL as a player is always a good thing.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      I can’t even fathom how much more competitive the NHL would be (even though it’s the most competitive among professional hockey leagues already) if every single NHL player had Jagr’s work ethic.

      I would love to watch that NHL.

  8. gbart22 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    You’re a fool if you wouldn’t bring jagr back. He doesn’t hurt the team at all and the team was not built around jagr. He was a complementary piece who just happened to be the best forward on the ice last season for the devils. You’re not paying him a fortune and the cap is going up and Marty is off the books so what is the big deal here? You want to bring in Callahan and pay him 6.5-7 million to be an ok player? He’s not parise he’s not worth that kind of money for the skill level he posses as was the case with clarkson who managed to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes and good for him for getting paid just glad it wasn’t here. Stastny I can understand going after but you and a million other teams will want him too. You don’t know what the devils will do but the point is we can afford to bring jagr back and still add other players. If you think you’re going to get vanek and Stastny by not bringing back jagr you’re a fool.

    • njadvocate111 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      You think throwing money at Vanek or Cally is foolish, but things are headed in the right direction with guys like Ryder (3.5) /Clowe (4.8)/Brunner (2.5)/Ruutu (3.8)? Thats a quarter of the cap for 4 guys who combined had 39 goals. If you think they are headed in the right direction thats one thing. But if you cut some of that dead weight, and redistribute it into guys who can play and get some of the younger guys involved, IMO, is money well spent.

  9. toiletclown - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Imagine if Lemieux didn’t have cancer, he would have beat everyone. Such a legend

    • whammy71 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      He wouldn’t have beaten Wayne. To match #99s production….you need to basically score 143 points per year for 20 straight years. I realize scoring was up when Mario played…but Gretzky’s numbers are in a different universe.

      With that said – if my life came down to a team winning 1 hockey game….I’d take an in his prime Mario #1 over all others.

  10. whammy71 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Flyers suck! Go Rangers!

  11. dubblelznhell - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Exactly. If a young Wayne Gretzky were playing in today’s game, he’d be scoring just like he was in the 80s and 90s. (POSSIBLY slightly lower numbers)

    He was a once an eternity player and no matter what, no one will duplicate his successes. He made everyone around him an all-star. Even his crappy goalies….lol.

  12. dubblelznhell - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    If jägr played every game of his career in the NHL, he’d be sitting either in 2nd or 3rd in all time points. Mario Lemieux would most certainly be sitting behind Gretzky, had he not been battling injuries and illnesses all the time.

  13. jhuck92 - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    He’s worth every penny

  14. cliffatola - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Seriously though who else wants to play in New Jersey ?

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Umm based upon their franchise’s history of being to 20% of the all the Stanley Cup Finals in 20 years … a player that wants a chance to win a Cup.

      Less you’re a Red Wings fan, your franchise is in no position to talk.

  15. kane987245 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Is it so bad that i wish that in a DEVS article comment section that we just get a NJD fan such as myself being happy about the signing and that’s it? 😐

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