43-Year-Old Right Wing – Florida Panthers
Jaromir Jagr Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Panthers in April of 2015.
Jagr scored two goals Saturday in a 7-1 win over Philadelphia. He is the NHL's all-time leader in opening-game points with 39 (13 goals, 26 assists).
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The signing of Jagr last season raised several questions around the league, given the former starís age (41) and the fact that heíd be playing on his third team in two seasons. However, Jagr quelled the doubters with a successful first season with the Devils and parlayed it into another one-year deal to remain in Newark, where he should again challenge for the teamís scoring title, an honor he earned last season with 67 points and 23 goals. He was New Jerseyís most consistent offensive player, albeit for a team that was one of the lowest-scoring in the league. His health is aided by a well-publicized work ethic that keeps him in excellent shape, allowing his aging body to handle the rigors of an NHL season. Jagr should again see plenty of scoring opportunities and challenge for around 55 points, leading an offense that can only perform better than it did during the 2013-14 campaign.
The future hall of famer remains a solid source of secondary scoring. Even at 41 Jagr can still help most fantasy teams, but the Devils figure to struggle offensively so don't over pay for him. UPSIDE: 55 points.
Jagr's return to the NHL last season following a three-year absence was largely successful (19 goals and 35 assists in 73 games) and it allowed him to ink a one-year deal with Dallas over the summer. He reportedly had plenty of suitors, making his selection of the Stars a bit strange, but he should fit in nicely on Dallas' top line with Jamie Benn.
After a three-year foreign league hiatus, Jagr returns to the NHL after signing a one-year contract with the Flyers this summer. There's plenty of reason to believe the 39-year-old has enough left in him to produce, and he should be well protected by a strong Philly roster. He very well could be paired with Claude Giroux and will likely see plenty of time on the man advantage. He'll provide the Flyers with some size and offensive punch and ought to be well motivated to prove he can still get it done at his age and after a few years away from the American game.
Jagr is once again the focal point of this Blueshirt attack, but had somewhat of a down season (96 points) last year, after coming off a 123 point campaign the season before. A nagging shoulder injury played a significant role in his limited production, but he should be completely healthy before the start of training camp. There may be some harbored bad feelings on how the team handled the Michael Nylander situation, but having a younger pass-happy replacement in Scott Gomez is no drop off. With the possibility that this season could be Jagr's last on Broadway, Jaromir will certainly give the fans a send off that they won't forget. Health permitting, expect a return to the century mark in points on the newly constructed Jagr - Scott Gomez - Martin Straka line.
Jagr had himself a breakout year of sorts. He had gone several seasons without touching 100 points and many had to wonder if we were witnessing the twilight years of his illustrious career. Not to worry; Jagr came back healthy, motivated and played with a chip on his shoulder. When it was all said and done, Jagr became the organizationís single season record holder in points (123), goals (54) and standing ovations -- his best output since his Pittsburgh days in 2000-01 when he torched the league for 121 points. Moving forward into this season, thereís no reason why Jagr cannot duplicate the same success as the last. The core of the team is still intact, and he still has Martin Straka and Michael Nylander as linemates. The only question mark is the status of his health -- can he stay healthy for all 82 games? Jagrís bum shoulder injured early in the first round of the playoffs needs to be tested early, and his reoccurring hip injuries need to be monitored. Otherwise, donít be surprised if he registers another 100-point plus season easily in 2006-07.
With a salary that occupies roughly a quarter of the cap (8 million), the Rangers will be counting on Jagr now, more than ever to anchor a young and inexperienced team, and put on display his usual superhuman skills. Sure his numbers have been on the decline in recent years, but he is still arguably the best hockey player in the world; and with the NHL initiatives to 'open' up scoring this year, the implemented changes will pad Jagr's career stats even more so this season. The only deterrent is Jaromir's motivation to play in the NHL, since he did say publicly that he wanted to remain in Europe. However, the small risk is worth the reward, for this 12-time All-star and former league MVP has the ability to carry a fantasy team, and then some.