The legendary career of Jaromir Jagr may have come to an end in the National Hockey League but that doesn’t mean he should not have been given a chance to stay. Jagr was signed to a one-year, $1 Million dollar contract with the Calgary Flames in the summer when he hit unrestricted free agency and ended up suiting up for 22 games this season where he scored just one goal while recording six assists. He also owned a plus-6 rating over this time span.
Due to recent injury bouts, Jagr was waived by the Flames organization and left the team to head back to his hometown of Czech Republic where he will make his final efforts to revive his career playing professional hockey with the Kladno Knights, the team he co-owns.
With the trade deadline approaching in just a few short weeks, many teams seek out rental players in order to help their team for the playoffs and for that last rightful push to clinch a spot in the postseason. It is without question that Jaromir Jagr, who has led a legendary career at the NHL level, is sure to find himself in the hall of fame in the future with thanks to the help and guidance received from his time around the league.
Many teams in need of forward depth and experienced veterans pay a lot in order to get players that fit into these categories, and with Jagr having been placed on waivers, it meant he would be up for grabs for any teams who could fit him to give him that last shot to be picked up by and perform. Regardless of injury concerns, Jagr was having a decent season with seven points in 22 games played while positioned on bottom pairings for majority of his season.
He would have been valuable for any given team who is seeking a last minute playoff push or a team trying to strengthen their roster. By obtaining Jaromir Jagr, there is not really any risk as he is looked at as a low risk, high reward player who has the potential to be a beneficial asset to a playoff contender due to the skill and experience in which he holds within.
There is also not a lot of risk in picking up Jagr due to his cheap contract which again will likely be his last. After leaving the NHL, Jagr, 45, has not showed signs of possibly hanging up the skates as he recorded three assists in his first game back with the HC Kladno Knights. Jagr clearly still has the skills to help out a hockey team and will certainly be missed around the National Hockey League and could be especially missed by contending clubs needing aid ahead of the February 26 trade deadline.
Leading up to the trade deadline, there have already been many rumours circulating about teams looking to strengthen up with recent conversation surrounding players such as Montreal’s Tomáš Plekanec, Toronto’s Nikita Soshnikov, Ottawa’s Zack Smith and many more NHL players who can and do provide depth.
These type of players could certainly be valuable and therefore it would have been a lot smarter for teams to pick up Jaromir Jagr for free instead of wasting valuable assets for players that have nowhere near the experience that Jagr brings to the locker room.
It is a shame to see the legendary National Hockey League career of Jaromir Jagr come to an end, however, hopefully it is not the end of hockey for the native Czech legend and maybe one day he will make another appearance on the game’s biggest stage. If and when that day comes, a number of teams could still heavily benefit from his services. Jagr should have been picked up on waivers considering his low contract as well as his playoff history and scoring potential to a team seeking that little extra assistance.