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It’s been rumored for days, but yesterday the New Jersey Devils and Jaromir Jagr made the signing official yesterday.
The 41-year old right winger signed a one-year deal worth up to $4 million. Jagr will get a $2 million base salary and will get $250,000 for every five game segments between 10 and 45 games. So, if he player 45 games or more, he’ll get $4 million for season.
Three or four teams showed interest in Jagr, but he wanted to stay in the Eastern Conference for easier travel schedule.
“I’m 41 years old,” Jagr said. “I don’t have many options, there are not many teams looking for a forward 41 years old, especially with the salary cap going down.”
Jagr didn’t have any interest in returning to the KHL. He was in talks with Devils before Ilya Kovalchuk made his retirement announcement.
“I certainly watched him the last couple of years, with Philly and Boston in the playoffs,” Lamoriello said. “I’ve never seen him work so hard and make people around him better. I just felt with his experience and what he can bring to the power play, he still has the size and strength.”
Lamoriello spoke with Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky about Jagr’s potential contributions. Jagr and Lamoriello met with head coach Peter DeBoer before a contract was offer.
Despite the lockout, it was the longest season Jagr took part in.
“For me, personally, it was the longest season I ever played,” said Jagr, who spent the lockout playing for his hometown team, Kladno. “One hundred and five games if you put together Europe and the NHL and the playoffs. That’s the most games I’ve ever played. (This) is going to be a short season.”
Jagr will wear No. 68 next season.