Devils Agree to One-Year Deal With 41-Year-Old Jagr, ESPN SaysEben Novy-Williams
Jaromir Jagr, the National Hockey League’s active leader in goals and assists, has agreed to a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils, ESPN reported, citing an person familiar with the agreement that it didn’t identify.
The 41-year-old right wing scored 16 goals with the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, his 19th in the NHL. He had no goals and 10 assists in 22 playoff games as the Bruins lost the Stanley Cup finals to the Chicago Blackhawks four games to two.
Devils spokesman Mike Levine didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
Jagr, the league’s Most Valuable Player during the 1998-99 season, has 681 goals and 1007 assists in a career spent with six different teams, including the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. He has led the NHL in scoring five times, most recently in 2000-01 with the Penguins.
The Devils were 19-19-10 last year, missing the playoffs for the third time in the last 23 seasons. The team scored 2.29 goals per game last year, third fewest in the 30-team league.
ESPN’s report comes two weeks after Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, a three-time All-Star, retired from the NHL at the age of 30 with 12 years and $77 million left on his contract.
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