NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Who cares that he’s 42? Jaromir Jagr can still play at a high level and it seems the New Jersey Devils know it.
According to a report on CBSSports.com, Jagr and the Devils have an agreement in place for the 2014-15 season, which will be his 22nd in the NHL. The new contract has only a few minor details left to hash out, the website added.
Jagr confirmed the agreement exists during an interview with TV Nova Sport in the Czech Republic, which Jagr will once again represent at the World Championships this summer. The network later reported that the deal with the Devils will pay Jagr between $5 million and $6 million, depending on bonuses.
Jagr signed a one-year, $4.55 million contract with the Devils last offseason and then went on to lead the team in scoring with 67 points. Though New Jersey missed the postseason, Jagr did score his milestone 7ooth NHL goal. He was also an ironman of sorts, showing that despite his advanced age he remains as conditioned as ever. Jagr played in all 82 games and averaged 19 minutes of ice time per night during the 2013-14 season.
A five-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy, given to the NHL’s leading scorer, and the league’s Hart Trophy winner, given to the league’s MVP, in 1998, Jagr currently has 1,755 career points, tied with Steve Yzerman for sixth all-time. Assuming he stays healthy in 2014-15 , he should be able to pass Marcel Dionne (1,771) and Ron Francis (1,798) and move into fourth place.
Jagr would likely need to play at least an additional season to catch Gordie Howe (1,850) and challenge Mark Messier (1,887) for second all-time.
With 705 career goals, good enough for seventh all-time, Jagr could realistically pass Mike Gartner (708), Phil Esposito (717), Marcel Dionne (731) and perhaps Brett Hull (741) next season.
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