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Devils officially re-sign Jaromir Jagr

Apr 30, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

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Although Jaromir Jagr revealed that this would happen ahead of time, the New Jersey Devils officially re-signed the 42-year-old this afternoon.

Jagr’s new one-year deal will come with a $3.5 million base salary, but he will earn up to $5.5 million in 2014-15 if he fulfills the requirements of his performance bonuses, according to the Star-Ledger.

This will be the first time he’s played for the same NHL team in consecutive seasons since his tenure with the New York Rangers that ended in 2008.

“There was no reason to change clubs because I was happy,” Jagr said. “No reason to do it.”

Of course, he did play for the KHL’s Omsk Avangard from 2008-10, which makes his North American career achievements all the more impressive. He has played in 1,473 career NHL games; just 294 less than Gordie Howe did. Howe did spend his mid-to-late 40s in the WHA, but that doesn’t change the fact that Jagr might be within striking distance of Howe’s NHL record if he didn’t play in the KHL.

Either way, Jagr is poised to continue to climb up the NHL’s leaderboard. He’s three goals away from sixth place on the all-time goals list (currently held by Mike Gartner, 708 goals), 13 assists shy of seventh place (Steve Yzerman, 1,063), and 16 points away from fifth place (Marcel Dionne, 1,771).

Jagr was nominated for the 2014 Masterton Trophy. He also had 24 goals and 67 points in 82 games this season.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Iam glade to seem him still playing

    • canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

  2. canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

  3. canucks30 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    • charlieconway96 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Was just about to post this, so good…

  4. clavette - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    is it completely out of the question that he could play 4-5 more years if an nhl team is willing to give him a contract

    • 19to77 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      Not if he keeps playing like this. Hell, even if his play declines a little, it’s still basically like having another coach out on the ice. Guy’s seen and done all you can in hockey, and provides a steady, veteran presence for younger players to learn from. He leads by example and he’s an excellent student of the game. The value he brings to a team is way more than just scoring – and as it turns out he’s still apparently great at that anyway.

  5. lowenni - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Great for NJ to resign him, and glad he’s happy there. He really experienced a career resurgence this season–which is odd at the age of 42 but a testament to his fitness, dedication, and ability. The guy was a great leader for them and put up fantastic point totals as well, all while staying healthy. I know he said that this was one of his favorite seasons of his career and I expect he can continue to be a top line player into next season, and with him, who knows, maybe longer. He’s had his criticisms in the past, but to me, watching this guy play at 42 is awesome, and hockey’s better when he’s playing.

  6. 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    JAGR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. credible316 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    The ageless wonder needs to bring the mullet back!

  8. penguins87and71 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    I want to see him play until his 50!

  9. brymck1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    “Say I would go to free agency, what would happen? Two things would happen: Maybe there would be more teams, I would get more money, but no one is going to guarantee me I would be happy somewhere else. Nobody is going to guarantee I’m going to be happy next year here, but I think it’s a bigger percentage than to just go somewhere else. That’s my opinion. If I’m happy somewhere and I feel like the other side is kind of interested, there’s no reason to change.”

    Says a lot to me about the franchise that a guy who’s been a lot of different places is happy enough within the NJ organization to stay another year, especially after his comments about wanting to play for a contender since he doesn’t have many years left.

  10. mangoman1966 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Hard to believe there are still idiots here in Pittsburgh that still boo him.

  11. mangoman1966 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Hard to believe there are still idiots here in Pittsburgfh that still boo him.

  12. jtdapit50 - May 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    His facial hair has been on point lately

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