Though he will be turning 42 in the middle of the 2014 Olympics, at which he will almost certainly be a key player for the Czech Republic, Jaromir Jagr has eyes even further in the future. As the big man showed just last night in Los Angeles when he scored his 690th career goal to tie Mario Lemieux on the all-time scoring list and win the game for the Devils in overtime, he's still got it.
So it's no surprise that Jagr is brimming with confidence. As he told Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger, he doesn't just want to play in Sochi, he won't rule out trying to play in 2018 in Peyongchang, South Korea, too. Seriously.
“It's funny, but don't forget that by then I'll be playing in Europe on the big ice and there probably won't be NHL players,” Jagr pointed out. “I would have to stay healthy and I would have to have the same desire.
“(Chris) Chelios did it. In 2010 I said I would like to play in the world championships in Prague in 2015 and everybody laughed. Now it's just over one year away.”
Honestly, I don't think there's any reason to count Jagr out. If he can stay in shape and wants to compete, the Czech Republic probably could use him even in 2018, especially if NHL players stop going to the Olympics (which sounds like a distinct possibility).
Jagr has 18 points in 22 games for the Devils this year including nine goals. He has vast international experience and the Czech Republic's player pipeline isn't exactly chock full of star-studded prospects that will knock Jagr out of contention either.
Could he do it? What can't he do might be the better question to ask.