The roller-coaster type season the Philadelphia Flyers had ended on Tuesday, when they were finished off by the New Jersey Devils in five games, leaving questions regarding the legacy of Jaromir Jagr. Will “Jags” be back? What jersey will he rock?
Jagr earned 3.3 million dollars this season, but his one-year deal is now expired. The Czech legend scored 19 goals for the Flyers, as well as adding a goal and seven assists in their playoff run. Jagr’s 19 goal, 35 assist, 54 point season is cute compared to his days of scoring 149 and 127 points in the 90’s but Jagr contributed more than just on the stat sheet for the Flyers. The future hall-of-famer was professor-like in the young Flyers locker-room. Philadelphia’s young superstar Claude Giroux had his “coming-out party” this year and Jagr was undoubtedly a pivotal piece of that party.
“If you ask anyone on this team, everyone wants him back,” said Giroux. “He’s a good team player and he has helped so many guys in this room, on and off the ice.”
Flyers fans now wonder whether or not the 40 year old veteran will be back next season.
In a recent interview, Jagr clearly stated he was going to test the free-agency market and wishes to head to a team where he can get some ice-time.
“I still love the game, and I think I am going to be better than I was this year” said Jagr.
Jaromir Jagr has nothing left to prove. He ranks 11th all time in goals scored with 665, and 8th in career points with 1653. Rings? He got his two rings his first two years in the league. Gold medal? Check, 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Why continue playing at the age of 40? Because he still has world-class talent and like he said, he still loves the game.
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