Jaromir Jagr signs with Dallas Stars
It must be the 90s in Big D. ESPN's Pierre Lebrun reported that the Dallas Stars have signed forward Jaromir Jagr to a one year deal worth $4.5 million. After an excursion in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, Jagr returned to the Philadelphia Flyers for a year, playing alongside center Claude Giroux and posting a solid comeback season.
The 40-year-old Czech hockey legend is an aging commodity. However, he fit well on the Flyers by playing top-line minutes and power play time. Jagr succumbed to nagging groin injuries, ultimately slowing him down towards season's end.
While his best days are behind him, he still has the same skills he possessed back in his prime, including his uncanny puck protection ability and scoring touch.
Reportedly, Jagr was seeking somewhere in the vicinity of $4 million per season for two years. He ended up getting more than he bargained for. This one year deal has the potential for low risk and high reward. He will look to fit well with players like Jamie Benn and newly-acquired Derek Roy.
Players in Philadelphia marveled at Jagr's work ethic. Part of his contract in Philadelphia required keys to the skating facility so that he could train in the late hours of the night. Jagr also went as far as to call his linemate Giroux, "Little Mario", in homage to fellow legend Mario Lemieux.
Jagr has the ability to make the young core on the Stars better players. The only question is his ability to stay healthy.