It looks like the time may have finally come for Jaromir Jagr.
According to reports, the 45-year-old forward has been placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames. Jagr can be claimed by any other team in the National Hockey League as of now, but that likely won’t happen as the Flames were said to be shopping any kind of deal with any kind of team over the past while.
If Jagr clears waivers, he’ll be placed on unconditional waivers on Monday with intentions of terminating his contract with the club. And if that happens, it’s off to Europe for the legendary hockey player.
Calgary inked Jagr to a one-year contract worth $1 million at the start of the 2017-2018 season. The deal was loaded with performance bonuses.
Jagr has a goal and six assists in 22 games with Calgary, but he hasn’t played since New Year’s Eve and was put on the injured reserve list on January 14. The team says he has a lower body injury.
The Flames worked to find a spot for Jagr, bouncing him from the top line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau to a unit with Mark Jankowski and Sam Bennett. It was not to be.
The second-leading scorer of all-time must’ve been frustrated by his lack of role in Calgary, but there wasn’t a lot to be done. He wasn’t a solid fit for the Flames and the experiment was largely over before it began.
“I have to practice differently,” Jagr said of his changing role in Calgary. “I’ve got to go all in for 45 seconds and maybe rest for five, six. Before I was practicing for one minute off, one minute on. That wouldn’t help me much. So, things like that you have to adjust.”
Jagr began his life as an NHLer as the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. His 24 seasons have passed through the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, and Flames. He also spent three seasons in Russia’s KHL. Word around the campfire is that he’s planning on skating with HC Kladno of the Czech League.
And now, for all intents and purposes, that storied NHL career may be coming to an end. When that finally happens, Jagr will hang up the skates as one of the best players to ever do it.