Florida Panthers Bring Back Jaromir Jagr; Sign 1-Year Contract Worth $4 Million
The Florida Panthers have re-signed right winger Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract worth $4 million. The deal also includes a clause for games-played worth an additional $1.5 million. Some of the lesser performance bonuses include $5,000 for the Hart Trophy, $5,000 for the Art Ross Trophy, and $5,000 for the Stanley Cup. His one-year contract last season was for $3.5 million.
In March, the 44 year-old said he’d like to continue playing until he’s 60 years-old. Based on his performance this season, that certainly doesn’t seem out of the question. Despite his advanced age, Jagr is still a key contributor on a playoff team. The Panthers set franchise records for wins and points this season before being eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Islanders. Florida won the Atlantic Division title and Jagr led the team with 27 goals and 66 points. He became the oldest player in NHL history to surpass 60 points.
Jagr already has 22 NHL seasons under his belt along with 3 in the Kontinental Hockey League of Europe and Asia. He’s been playing professional hockey for longer than linemates Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau have been breathing air, yet together they formed one of the more exciting lines in the NHL.
The Legacy Continues
General Manager Dale Tallon said:
“Jaromir is a Hall of Fame player and had an excellent season playing alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdueau. His track record speaks for itself, ranking third all time in points and goals. He has been a great fit with our organization and we are excited to have him back for next season.”
Panthers’ coach Gerard Gallant added in a statement:
“Jaromir has had a tremendous influence on our younger players and has been a key offensive contributor on our team. We are happy to have him back as we look to build off this year’s playoff appearance.”
Jagr is a 16-time NHL All-Star working his way near the top in the record books. This season he passed Brett Hull for 3rd most career goals and passed Gordie Howe for 3rd most points all time. He only trails Mark Messier by 19 for 2nd most points in NHL history.
There’s no telling when he’ll hang up the skates, but if he ever does retire, induction into the Hall of Fame will come soon after.
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