Edmonton Oilers: Are They Missing Out on Jagr?

The Edmonton Oilers did not have the busiest offseason, but general manager Peter Chiarelli did mention that they may look to sign some players to PTOs before the season kicks off.

Coming into the 2017-18 campaign, the Oilers have a lot of depth already; however, they may need more right wingers and support on the forward lines. There are many big names on the market still up for grabs; however, as per sources, Jaromir Jagr could be close to signing with the Calgary Flames.

With perhaps the biggest right winger coming off the market, one has to wonder: are the Oilers missing out on the 45-year-old winger?

In 82 games with the Panthers this past season, Jagr racked up 16 goals and 30 points and was one of the team’s top forwards. Though he is getting older, he still has a lot of speed and ability left in his game. Not only that, but he is an experienced veteran and leader who has a positive impact on his teammates, and would be a great addition to any team.

Looking at Edmonton’s situation, as well as Jagr’s resume, the two parties seem like a perfect fit. The Oilers need more high-scoring wingers who can bring a lot of experience and optimism to their winning culture, and Jagr needs a new home. However, there are some factors to consider when it comes to the Czech native.

Are the Oilers Missing Out?

First off, Edmonton is a young team. They have a lot of up-and-coming prospects looking to prove their worth, and a lot of them are ready to make the jump up to the NHL. With players like Jesse Puljujarvi coming off a strong year of development, the Oilers has a lot of promise and can work with the pieces they have.

If the team signed Jagr, they’d be adding another veteran and taking ice time away from the younger players on the roster. Not only that, while Jagr still has a lot of fuel left in the tank, Edmonton’s youth has the speed and ability to do what he does, but at less of a price.

Not only that, if Jagr comes off the market, there are still plenty of names left. Jarome Iginla, Brian Gionta and Drew Stafford are all still available and could add a lot to the lineup.

When it all comes down to it, having Jagr join the team would be fun. It would be amazing to see him in an Oilers jersey and to have a legend join the ranks of the team’s promising legacy. However, if they miss the chance to sign him, they aren’t necessarily missing out.