Free Agent: Jaromir Jagr
You’ve seen the tweets, the memes, the articles – the legend wants to compete. Jagr brings something to the table that absolutely no NHL free agent can – his hair. Oh and along with his legendary flow, is over 25 years of professional hockey experience and the second most points in NHL history, closing in on the 2,000 mark. So why is no team hot to jump at this prized possession? The laundry list of his accolades goes on and on.
The new NHL is about growing and grooming young players to develop into cornerstone franchise players. Jagr – turning 46 this season – does not fit this build all too well. Yes, his production has significantly dropped off over the past few seasons, but you could expect him to put up at least 20 goals and 40 points on virtually any playoff bound team. He is a big guy, power play specialist, and loves to open up the ice for his teammates to make spectacular plays. The thing holding Jagr back from not signing a contract would be his physical side. Jagr would have to play top 6 minutes in a non checking role on a playoff contending team – which is not the easiest to find. So who will be the lucky suitor of Jagr’s 8th NHL team?
This one does not need much explanation – the greatest hockey player playing with the other greatest hockey player. The Oilers are looking to have their top 9 filled out – the most recent signing of Jussi Jokinen may fill that void, but why not take the chance on a 1-year deal to sign Jagr for the 2nd right wing spot? You could see Jagr playing along side McDavid or Draisatl – the screams danger.
Maroon – McDavid – Strome
Lucic – Draisaitl – Jagr
It’s like the Preds are defence defence defence – with a couple more depth defensive signings. Their D core is insane. On the flip side, they did lose 20 goal man James Neal to the Expansion Draft and the recently bought out Scott Hartnell is not really the answer. Nashville has the back end covered, but still need to find their offensive touch if they are looking to make a trip back to the Stanley Cup Finals. Jagr could slide in perfectly on their second line, acting as a band aid replacing Neal.
Forsberg – Johansen – Arvidsson
Fiala – Bonino – Jagr
St. Louis Blues
Center Patrik Berglund is out until December, the Blues just cannot seem to make an impact in the playoffs – insert experience and leadership. That is what Jagr can bring to this team. Jagr on a bargain 1-year deal could fit perfectly into their second line playing along side of Steen and newly acquired Brayden Schenn.
Schwartz – Statsny – Tarasenko
Steen – Schenn – Jagr
Overall, Jagr will make an impact and be a valuable asset to any team. Why not take this low risk – high reward of a bargain 1-year contract?