Panthers re-sign Jaromir Jagr to one-year contract

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

The Panthers announced on Thursday afternoon that they’ve re-signed Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract, keeping him in the fold for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Jagr had one of his best seasons in years while leading the Panthers in points with 66 alongside youngsters Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov on the top forward line.

Thanks to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, we know most of the details surrounding Jagr’s one-year deal:

  • $4 million base salary
  • $1.5 million in games-played bonuses ($300,000 at the 10/20/30/40/45 games-played marks)
  • $5,000 if the Panthers win the Stanley Cup
  • $5,000 if he wins the Hart Memorial Trophy
  • $5,000 if he wins the Art Ross Trophy

Ever since the Panthers acquired Jagr from the Devils in late-February of 2014, it’s widely known that he’s had a huge impact on the team’s young players, including Barkov and Huberdeau, and he’s stated on numerous occasions that he enjoys playing with them as well.

“He’s the 7th wonder of the world,” said Vincent Trocheck at last week’s exit meetings. “The stuff that he does on the ice and off the ice, how dedicated he is to the game, how much he loves the game…it’s so fun to watch. He’s a great role model for all of us young kids.”

“I learned a lot from [Jagr], just body position stuff, a lot of little things that I think I wish I knew 3 years ago,” said Nick Bjugstad who struggled to get into a rhythm but had a solid end to the season.

The Panthers’s top line of Barkov, Jagr, and Huberdeau combined for 105 points and 50 goals when on the ice at the same time this season while allowing just 23 goals. Jagr climbed the all-time lists while leading the Panthers’ offense once again and hardly looking out place, so whether it be for his production or knowledge and experience, the contract is more than worth it for many seasons to come.

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