You know its a slow news day in sports when blogs are breaking down the do's and dont's of cooking show contests. Thankfully, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN gives us something to talk about with his latest bit of news...
OK 30-sec break from vacation. Jaromir Jagr has agreed to one-year deal with Devils. Likely won't be officially announced until Tuesday...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 22, 2013
It's been rumored to happen for a bit of time now (99% done over the weekend), but Jagr to New Jersey is all but official. What, you expected the Devils to just sit back and not replace Ilya Kovalchuk with someone?
Jagr, 41, had 35 points in 45 games last year split between Dallas and Boston, including 0 goals and 10 assists in 22 playoff games for Beantown. Having him back in the
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division will be nostalgic and fun to watch, because there's nothing more metropolitan than Jaromir Jagr.
It's a curious move for the Devils and, depending on the money, a solid one for them. Damien Brunner might've been a better option in terms of offense (much younger if anything), but with Jagr they're getting experience, some offensive productivity and, perhaps most importantly, a reason to go out and watch games. Jagr may be way past his prime, but he's one of the NHL greats and is still fun to watch. Whether NJ will be any good with Jagr now on board is a conversation for a different day (and blog).
The 5 games slated between the Rangers and Devils next year just got a lot more interesting. All it needs is Jagr and Scott Gomez on the same team.
- So much for those Jagr to the Rangers rumors, eh? Does the 'Devils who come to the Rangers and fail' epidemic also work the other way around?
Yawn!!! You'd think the great Jaromir Jagr would want to close out his fab career with a contender - oh wait he chose to play for two years for the Russian Ice Follies. Never mind. Seriously he still has a lethal shot so lace em up, break out the ventilator and drown in the NJ cesspool with the rest of the Devils.
Even though he is now a Devil, I would love to see Jagr score 19 goals this year. He is sitting at 681, and could be only the 7th person in NHL history to score 700 goals. Selanne not too far off at 675 career goals
Jagr could barely breathe after a 15 second shift...I almost thought they were going to break out an oxygen tank watching him on the bench during last years playoffs. I think the Devils are a bit desperate...just a tad.
I kind of didn't want to see Jagr over there, even though it made a lot of sense that it might happen. I hope he does okay while the team is abysmal.
i can just imagine their front office ... "fuck it, let's sign Jagr"
@FREE LINDBERG I suspect that is his real value. He will provide some offence and a nice 1st or 2nd round draft pick from play contender at the deadline.
@AG_Blue That last sentence will sum up the Devils' 2013-14 season.
sounds good to me!