Have we seen the last of Jaromir Jagr in the NHL? It seems that yes, in fact, we have.
After being placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames on Sunday, Jagr passed through the waiver wire unclaimed and has since been loaned to Kladno of the Czech 1. Liga, the team he owns and where he got his start.
“I want to thank Brad Treliving and the Calgary Flames for giving me the immense opportunity to be a part of their team and continue my NHL career this season,” said Jagr in a statement. “Although I am very disappointed that things did not turn out as we had hoped due to a number of circumstances, I am deeply grateful to the Flames, the fans and the City of Calgary for having welcomed me so generously. I now look forward to continuing the season in Kladno.”
What does that transaction mean for the Flames? Cap Friendly explains.
If this is it for Jagr he will leave the NHL third on the all-time games played list (1,733), third in goals scored (766) and second in total points (1,921), while also having won five scoring titles, an MVP award, two Stanley Cups, and the Masterton Trophy in 2015-16.
Jagr, who turns 46 in a couple of weeks, is just the third player to ever play in the NHL past the age of 45, joining a list that includes only Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios.
After going unsigned as a free agent over the summer he signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Flames just before the start of the regular season. He was limited to just 22 games, scoring one goal and adding six assists.
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