The Philadelphia Flyers made an early splash when NHL Free Agency opened at Noon today, signing Jaromir Jagr. The former NHL superstar has spent the last three seasons in the KHL.
The Flyers signed Jagr to a one-year deal reportedly worth $3.3 million dollars.
It certainly came as a shock, and the signing pretty much closed the door on Ville Leino returning to the orange and black. The deal has gotten its fair share of criticism, but it’s a low-risk deal for the Flyers.
They have obviously passed on signing Ville Leino, who has yet to sign with an NHL team, but is reportedly asking for over $5 million per year. The Flyers passed on signing Ville Leino, who ended up in Buffalo signing a 6-year deal worth $27 million dollars. Erik Cole was also on the Flyers radar and he signed with the Montreal Canadiens for 4-years at $4.5 million per year. Letting those deals sink in and the Flyers signing Jagr to a one-year deal worth $3.3 million doesn’t sound so bad.
At 39 years of age, Jagr won’t be the kind of player NHL fans remember, that’s for sure. However, he still has the ability to help the Flyers in the scoring department, especially on the power play.
Is it a shocking move? Yes.
Is it as bad as it sounds? No, absolutely not.
It’s only a one-year deal, and locking up the likes of Leino, Cole, or even Michael Ryder to expensive long-term contracts just wasn’t what the Flyers were looking to do. Don’t forget the Flyers will have to have money to sign James Van Riemsdyk next season when he becomes a RFA. The Flyers needed to add some scoring for this season, over paying for guys long term just wasn’t the smart move. Sure, signing Jagr is a bit of a risk, but not as much of a risk as locking yourself into a long-term expensive contract.