Report: Jaromir Jagr agrees to one-year contract with Devils
Jaromir Jagr got a deal from the Devils he couldn't refuse. The veteran has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal to join New Jersey.
It's been in the works a while and now it is reportedly done: Jaromir Jagr will be a New Jersey Devil.
Speculation surrounding Jagr and the Devils really picked up in the last couple of days with Jagr reportedly visiting New Jersey and his agent declining to comment. Then on Monday, Pierre LeBrun tweeted that it's a done deal, Jagr is going to the Devils on a one-year deal. LeBrun reports the deal should be made official by the team on Tuesday.
As of yet there is no word on the price of the contract but it will likely fall around the $4 million mark for the veteran. Jagr showed last season that he still has plenty of ability to play in the NHL. Before a postseason with the Bruins where he was snakebitten, Jagr had a very good regular season with 16 goals and 19 assists in 45 games between Dallas and Boston.
Jagr will come in and help fill the void left by Ilya Kovalchuk's departure to the KHL and David Clarkson's to free agency. He joins Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe in that endeavor to help fill their gaps and give the Devils some more scoring, something that was lacking last season.
Even at 41, Jagr is still a useful player and this shows it. He should fit right in with the Devils in terms of puck possession. The Devils were one of the league's best at it last season and Jagr still excells in that part of the game as well. He is an ox on the ice and is still as tough to knock off the puck as any player in the game.
Of the previously vanquished Atlantic Division of the old alignment, this marks the fourth of five teams that Jagr will play for. Add in the Capitals into the new conference layout and there will be plenty of matchups of Jagr against former clubs this season.
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