The St. Louis Blues are in the market for a forward and one of the names they’ve been batting around is Jaromir Jagr.
Yes, the 45-year-old free agent may finally have an opportunity to sign with an NHL team after a ridiculous amount of time without an offer.
The Blues are in the running because they’ll be without forward Robby Fabbri for the entire 2017-2018 NHL season. He reinjured his knee after an ACL tear, so he’s done.
St. Louis is also without Zach Sanford, who’s out five to six months following shoulder surgery. Patrik Berglund is not expected to start until December, while Alexander Steen may miss the first week of the regular season with a hand injury.
The wounded Blues are therefore considering their options, including Jags.
“All I can tell you is that he played real well against us last year,” coach Mike Yeo said. “That’s something that I would have to watch a little bit more tape on. But I mean, consistently he’s put up points.”
Jagr scored 16 goals and had 30 assists last season for 46 points in 82 regular season games in Florida. He’s set to suit up for HC Kladno in the Czech Republic, but he’s never ruled out an NHL return and wants to skate in the big leagues once more.
And if the Blues are interested, this could be the right fit.
“Everyone knows what Jagr can do,” centre Brayden Schenn said. “Whether they sign him or not, obviously he’s a valuable piece to any team, a great leader in the locker room, true pro, does everything possible to get himself ready to play and obviously second in points in history of the NHL. Not much more I need to say there obviously. If that happens or not, we’ll see.”
Jagr has been in and out of the NHL before, including the time he played with Schenn on the Philadelphia Flyers. They skated together in 2011-2012 after the superstar spent three seasons in the KHL with Omsk Avangard.
Obviously, the Blues would like to get something done sooner rather than later. And obviously, Jagr would like a chance to suit up for a contending team once more. It seems like the perfect match.