Jaromir Jagr to sign with New Jersey Devils

Jaromir Jagr will reportedly sign with New Jersey Devils

7/22/13 in NHL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Jaromir Jagr to sign with New Jersey DevilsEver since the Boston Bruins announced on July 14 that the team would not be re-signing right winger Jaromir Jagr, the NHL community had been speculating upon a potential landing spot for the veteran forward.

Jagr has bounced around quite a bit since returning to the NHL after a stint with Avangard Omsk of Russia's KHL, playing for three teams (PHI, DAL, BOS) over two seasons. According to a report from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Jagr will spend the 2012-13 with yet another new team, the New Jersey Devils. The deal is not yet official, but is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

The Devils have some big shoes to fill due to the surprising departure of superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk (who left the team to play in the KHL), and Jagr will be one of the players attempting to fill the void. Though he is now 41 years old, he can still be an effective top-6 forward. Jagr racked up 35 points in 45 games over the course of last season, registering nine points in the 11 games he played with the Bruins.

Jagr is widely considered one of the best hockey players of all time. He has led the league in points on five separate occasions, and once led the league in that category four seasons in a row. He has the eighth most points in NHL history (ranks 10th in goals, 12th in assists).

Obviously, he is not the dominant player he once was, but even at the age of 41, he should help the Devils create chances on offense and hopefully ease the pain of losing Kovalchuk.
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