He’s the oldest free agent available, yet Jaromir Jagr still has some game left that would make him a great addition to the Edmonton Oilers should they choose to sign him via free-agency.
Oilers’ fans witnessed first hand what the slick hands of Jagr complimented by some size and strength can do when down low in the offensive zone. Remember the overtime game when the Dallas Stars were in town last winter? Jagr took the puck at the bottom of the faceoff circle in Edmonton’s end, muscled his way into a shooting lane and ripped one past Devan Dubnyk to give the Stars the win and silence the home town crowd.
Yes folks, Jagr can still play at the ripe old age of 41 despite the critics that say he can’t. This past season confirms that he has plenty to give when he scored 16 goals and added 19 assists for 35 points in 45 games. It’s a far cry from the torrid pace he used to put up when he was playing for the Penguins, but that was already decades ago. This is an older and somewhat wiser Jagr who can still contribute on the highest levels in the NHL.
Likely a third liner in Edmonton, Jagr would instantly beef up the roster. Not to mention he would upgrade the second power play unit and provide some much needed secondary scoring, something the Oilers have lacked for years.
Then there is the whole veteran leadership presence he brings, having played in the NHL since 1990. Taylor Hall wasn’t even born yet, that’s how long Jagr’s been in the league.
It was mentioned on Twitter yesterday that Jagr was wanting a two-year deal despite contradicting reports suggesting he wants to play on one-year deals with the hopes of playing for at least a few more seasons. He’s won two Stanley Cups and been to the playoffs in seventeen of the nineteen seasons he’s played in the league.
MacTavish could sign him for two-years but it would be costly, likely in the neighborhood of $4 million per season. Suddenly, that amount of money for a 41-year old third liner is suspect.
The Montreal Canadiens were said to have interest in Jagr and that interest was said to be mutual. But on Monday, Jagr’s camp learnt that the Habs were no longer considering signing the 9-time All-Star. Several other clubs are reported to have some degree of interest in Jagr, meaning he won’t be without a contract for long.
Is Edmonton involved? Nothing has been confirmed outside of some Twitter chatter that is mainly Oilers’ fans speculating on how good a 68 would look on the back of the copper and blue.
With some holes left to fill on the roster, MacTavish could look at Jagr as an option and given what he brings outside of his on-ice talents, it’s a signing that’s worth exploring.
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