As the NHL free agency begins one name on top of everyone’s watch list is Jaromir Jagr. After Jagr announced he would not be renewing his contract with the Florida Panthers it is still unknown where he will be heading next.
Since Saturday there have been some big names being signed like Joe Thornton (Sharks), Patrick Marleau (Toronto Maple Leafs), Kevin Shattenkirk (New York Rangers), Karl Alzner (Montreal Canadians), Martin Hanzal (Dallas Stars), and Alexander Radulov (Dallas Stars).
The name now top of the list of free agents is Jaromir Jagr. A lot of news spread around the potential of Jagr retiring, however, it appears based on Jagr’s Twitter presence that he will, in fact, be returning. Especially as he wishes to play into his fifties, as long as someone takes him.
The 45-year old and soon to be HHOF inductee will be looking for a good fit next season and with 46 points in 82 games (16 goals, 30 assists) this year he is proving that at his age he is still worth signing.
Vegas Golden Knights
It seems unlikely. Frankly, it makes little to no sense. But if Vegas have the spare cash and are willing to make a bid it may work out well for them. As the latest addition to the NHL, they will need to make a name for themselves this season, and with a name like Jagr’s on the roster then there is bound to be a crowd coming in. At this point in time, Vegas appears to be the only team able to give the player the salary he is used to, although unlikely to make playoffs, he may still prove a worthy asset to sales.
From playing as a rookie with the team, what better way to spend the latter years of your career than at the place where it all began. Playing alongside Crosby and Malkin would also make for a great setup in power play positions. If the Czech player is called by the Penguins I can see him hard-pressed to decline. A few final seasons with the Penguins could be a great way to finish a remarkable career in hockey.
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