With some free agents still on the free market, could the Calgary Flames be signing the oldest active player in the NHL?
Based on some rumors lately, the Calgary Flames and 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr are interested in a deal. According to Eklund from Hockey Buzz, this is 90% likely to happen. And supposedly, a deal with the Flames and Jarome Iginla is unlikely. Sorry Flames fans.
Also according to Jagr, supposedly no teams were interested in him.
The Flames could add another character guy like Jagr in their locker room.
Jagr has many things to add to his resume. Originally drafted at fifth overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990, he’s played for eight different NHL teams, is a two-time Stanley Cup winner (both with the Penguins in 1990-91 and 91-92), is a five-time Art Ross Trophy winner, a three-time Ted Lindsay Award winner, a Masterton Trophy winner, a Hart Trophy winner, and has made the All-Star team eight times.
From Czech, he has one Olympic gold medal, two gold World Championships, one gold European Champions cup, two World Championship bronze, one Olympic bronze, one World Juniors bronze, and one bronze World Cup.
By the time I’m 45, if I have even a quarter of those equivalent to my career choice, I’d consider that extremely successful. He was also announced to the NHL 100 list earlier this year, where the NHL unveiled the top 100 players of all time, with six active members (one being Jagr, of course).
For the last two and a half seasons, Jagr has been playing with the Florida Panthers. He took a dip last year than he did the year before that. Last season, he had 16 goals and 46 points in 82 games. The season before that, he had 27 goals and 66 points in 79 games. Still both are impressive for anybody over the age of 40.
Jagr is a right-wing who was on a $5.515 million AAV salary last season with the Panthers. A little high for somebody of his age, but he still put up a decent amount of points. The Calgary Flames right now, with the addition of Spencer Foo, are fixing their RW depth situation. However, adding someone of Jagr’s skill and experience couldn’t hurt. Also, out of every player in the Flames bottom-six, Jagr has more points.
He could fit well on that right side alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, but the only thing of worry there is his speed. Would he be able to keep up with Gaudreau and Monahan? He’s as old as both of their ages combined right now, funnily enough.
The only thing would be is how much he’s asking for. Since 1996-97, he’s never made less than $3.3 million. However, he is 45 years old. So he may not be asking for much.
Also a fun fact: He played in his first NHL game before eight members of the Flames were even born. Just this past season, Jagr passed Mark Messier for second for all-time leaders in points. Now he’s right behind Wayne Gretzky.
This is all just speculation right now, but having a 45-year old guy on the roster playing for his first Canadian club ever might be pretty cool.