Good news, Panther fans. General Manager Dale Tallon announced this afternoon that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to a one-year deal and is back in fold for the 2015-16 season.
Here’s a quick rundown of the deal thanks to @reporterchris on Twitter:
Jagr was acquired from the New Jersey Devils on February 26th in exchange for the Panthers’ 2nd-round pick in the 2015 Draft and their 3rd-rounder in the 2016 Draft. In the 20 games the 43-year-old played this season for Panthers, he tallied 18 points, including 6 goals and 12 assists. In total, he played 77 games this year, and totaled 17 goals and 30 assists.
Not only did he help the team in their playoff push, but he was also able to mentor the team’s young players, including line-mates Aleksander Barkov, 19, and Jonathan Huberdeau, 21. Both of the aforementioned players performed at point-per-game paces immediately following Jagr’s arrival and found instant chemistry with the future Hall of Famer. The line has been the Panthers’ top offensive line for the past 20 games combining for 54 points in that span, and neither Barkov nor Huberdeau went more than 2 games without registering a point since the acquisition.
When asked about the signing today, Jagr said, “A lot of people thought I’m done…those young guys give me extra energy, extra life, and i’m glad I can continue to play an extra year.” He’s known as a workhorse around the league and is in remarkable shape despite his age and compared to other veteran players in the league. He leads most scoring categories amongst active forwards, and next year will be his 22nd NHL season.
The official press release can be found by clicking here.