He’s already seen nearly every player from his generation call it a career, but Jaromir Jagr has made it pretty clear that he has no intention of slowing down. He continues to perform at a high level, doing it this season for a new market in the Lone Star State, with the Dallas Stars.
After some time abroad, Jagr returned last year to a very solid season with the Philadelphia Flyers. He showed his age at points throughout the year, but overall had a very fine season. In fact, it was his presence that was one of the main points of success for the rise of Claude Giroux.
This season, playing in what is quite possibly the smallest market he’s ever been a part of, Jagr is continuing to add to his Hall of Fame resume.
Jagr has 14 points in 20 games with the Stars this season. His point-per-game totals are among the best ever for a player over 40 years of age. The man who just turned 41 is tied with the team lead, with those 14 points on the year. Not only his Jagr producing on his own, he’s helping those around him.
Both Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson have been significantly better when Jagr is on the ice with them. Which shows how much of an impact he actually has, whether he’s scoring or not. His veteran presence is fantastic for a relatively young team like the Stars. Especially when they have a pair of young, rising stars in Benn and Eriksson. The value of that presence cannot be overstated.
One has to wonder how long Jagr will keep on playing. Unlike Teemu Selanne, who will probably call it quits after this season, Jagr has said he hasn’t even thought about retirement. As much as we’d all like to see the greats like Jagr continue to skate on into his 50′s, he’ll likely call it a career soon.
But for now, the Stars are taking advantage of the fact that he’s still around, and he’s been a tremendous addition for them, even if it hasn’t quite shown up in the standings yet.