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Jaromir Jagr has agreement to return to Devils

Jaromir-Jagr-DevilsJaromir Jagr turned 42 in February. If he was your average professional athlete, his career would have been long over right now. We all know he is not, which is why Jagr still managed to have an extremely productive season with the New Jersey Devils this year, scoring 24 goals and notching 43 assists. Why wouldn’t they want him back?

On Tuesday, Jagr told iSport that he has a verbal agreement in place with the Devils and will return to New Jersey next season. His agent Petr Svoboda later confirmed the news.

“Absolutely. The deal is very very close but it’s not finalized yet,” Svoboda told Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger. “Lou (Lamoriello) will let you know as soon as it’s complete.”

The Devils missed the playoffs by two points this season, finishing with the 9th-best record in the Eastern Conference. Jagr enjoyed playing for coach Peter DeBoer and told iSport that he “understands hockey” and has the ability to take the Devils even further next season.

Assuming he does come back, the 2014-2015 season will be Jagr’s 21st. He has over 700 goals and 1,000 assists in his Hall of Fame career. He also played in all 82 games for the Devils this season. Don’t be surprised if Jagr sticks around for another two or three years.

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Jaromir Jagr becomes 7th player in NHL history to score 700 goals (Video)

Prior to Saturday, only six players in NHL history had scored 700 or more career goals. During the New Jersey Devils’ 6-1 rout of the New York Islanders the club gained another member.

In the second period, Jaromir Jagr put the puck in the back of the net for the 19th time this season, taking his career tally to 700.

Goals against the Islanders are certainly nothing new for Jagr. Saturday’s milestone was No. 61, the most he’s scored against any team in his 20-year career.

Immediately ahead of Jaromir Jagr on the league’s all-time list is Mike Gartner, who has 708. The top five spots are occupied by Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), and Phil Esposito (717).

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Mike Milbury: Jaromir Jagr can’t skate in this series

NBC Sports NHL analyst Mike Milbury is known for his negative commentary, and he went after Jaromir Jagr during the first intermission of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday while the Boston Bruins were down 1-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jagr, who was acquired by the Bruins during the regular season, has been a postseason disappointment. Though he registered nine points in 11 regular-season games with the B’s, Jagr has failed to score a goal in 17 playoff games. He does have seven assists, three of which came during the Eastern Conference Finals sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But the 41-year-old has been noticeably slow on the ice, which is something Milbury focused on in his analysis.

Jaromir Jagr“He can’t skate in this series. They gotta get him off of this line. If he can do something when he gets the puck standing still, fine. But he can’t forecheck, he can’t participate with this line. He turned the puck over repeatedly. He can’t get anything going here. They can’t sustain anything with him on this line.

“Absolutely lazy in a Stanley Cup Finals … that to me is a guy that is too tired to play in this final. That is a guy that has to be replaced.”

People may not like Milbury’s confrontational style, but it’s hard to disagree with him. Fans have been waiting for Jagr to score in the playoffs and he just hasn’t done it. He is 41, was given the morning skate off, and you can tell he is slower. That doesn’t mean he’s useless, it just means he’s not “Jaromir Jagr” anymore.

Patrice Bergeron scores winning goal for Bruins, Jaromir Jagr assists (Video)

Patrice Bergeron winnerThe Boston Bruins found a way to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in double-overtime of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night, and they likely demoralized the top-seeded Pens in the process.

The teams played nearly 66 minutes of scoreless hockey until Patrice Bergeron slipped one past Tomas Vokoun at the 15:19 mark in the second overtime. The catalyst on the goal was Jaromir Jagr, who fought Evgeni Malkin for the puck by the boards and flipped it ahead to Brad Marchand, who passed to his linemate for the winner.

It was Bergeron’s third-career playoff overtime goal.

“We found our way I guess. That’s the only way you can look at it,” said Bergeron after the game. “It wasn’t necessarily our best effort in the first 60, but I thought we regrouped well in overtime. We kept battling and we said that we had to find a way somehow, and we did in the second overtime.”

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was outstanding once again for the B’s. He stopped 53 of 54 shots he faced, though he did get lucky on a few shots, such as one by Malkin that hit the post. Despite the loss, Vokoun played well for Pittsburgh and stopped 38 of 40 shots. He bounced back after being pulled following his shameful performance in Game 2 that saw him allow three goals in the first period.

Jagr played a good game for Boston and now has three assists against the team for whom he starred for over a decade. He played aggressively and took four shots in over 26 minutes of ice time.

Now that they’re up 3-0 after taking Pittsburgh’s soul with the double-overtime win, I’d be stunned if the series didn’t end on Friday.

Jaromir Jagr fans show up with mullets, jerseys (Video)

A group of Jaromir Jagr fans showed up to Wednesday’s Dallas Stars-Calgary Flames games wearing mullets and replica jerseys to support the Dallas winger. The six men were wearing a Penguins, Capitals, Rangers, Flyers, Stars and Czech Republic jersey to represent the teams for whom the Hart Trophy winner has played (they didn’t have any of his KHL jerseys). Jagr treated his hardcore fans to a two-assist performance in the 7-4 loss. As seen in the video, he noticed the group as they gave a salute, and he couldn’t stop laughing. It’s too bad Jagr cut the mullet — that thing was inspirational.

Here’s a close-up photo of the fans:

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Jaromir Jagr is Either Rubbing One Out, or Rubbing His Leg on Flyers’ Bench (Video)

Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr certainly enjoyed himself on the team’s bench Thursday night. As The 700 Level notes, Jagr’s been battling a groin injury lately, so he decided to, umm, rub something out around his manly region. He played 15 minutes total and managed an assist, but by the looks of things, he should have been credited for a goal as well.

I think we need to stick Carl Monday on the case to get the answer to the question we’re all wondering: you jackin’ it?

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Was Jaromir Jagr Wrong to Choose Flyers over Penguins?

Jaromir Jagr has returned to the NHL after playing three years in Russia’s KHL. There was speculation swirling for weeks regarding the team for whom he’d choose to play, and the Penguins, Red Wings, Canadiens and Rangers were all prominently mentioned.

In the end, Jagr chose to sign with the Flyers on a one-year $3.3 million deal — a move that shocked most folks.

Jagr’s deal with Philly was announced a few hours after the Penguins reportedly pulled their $2 million offer because they did not want to enter a bidding war. Jagr picked Philly, leaving the fans in Pittsburgh stunned.

I ask you the question: was it wrong of Jagr to pick one of Pittsburgh’s biggest rivals as his new team?

Jagr played 11 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Penguins. That’s the team that drafted him and paired him with Mario Lemieux when he was wee little mullet wearing lad from Czechoslovakia. That’s the same team that helped develop him into a star player in the league. And Jagr is the same guy who told The Hockey News in 2009 “I would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for [Mario Lemieux] because I owe him my hockey life.”

Something must have changed since then because Jagr left for more money elsewhere. I don’t know what happened and I never like to say that someone made the wrong move without knowing what we on behind the scenes, but it’s awfully strange that Jagr’s viewpoint changed so much in only two years. I’m inclined to say that signing with the Penguins was the wrong move, but we don’t know the whole story. What do you say?