Monday, October 02, 2017
Jagr Lands in Calgary
The on-again, off-again saga, that was the courtship between the Flames and Jaromir Jagr finally came to a thrilling conclusion on Monday morning, as the two sides agreed to a deal, which will bring the 45-year old to Calgary on a 1-year deal. The deal will pay him $1 million in a base salary, which will count against the cap right away and another $1 million in possible bonuses, which could count against the cap next season, assuming he hits those targets and the Flames overspend this year.
Last season with the Panthers, Jagr played in all 82 games, scoring 16 goals and 46 points, which still had him ranked 109th among all forwards in scoring. It was certainly a pretty good season and it shows that he can still bring some talent to the table for the Flames, not to mention a veteran presence for their young superstars. A lot of the Florida youth were very complimentary to what Jagr brought to their dressing room and certainly the Flames brass are hoping for much of the same.
Ryan was taking a flyer on the veteran Jagr, assuming that the reports over the weekend were going to carry water and he took him with his last pick in the 14th round, 333rd overall. It does sound like Jagr has been working out back in Europe, as he was waiting for a new deal to materialize, so trying to shake off any rust shouldn't take as long as it would for someone who wasn't working out, it will be more about figuring out the systems and who he will be lining up with, more than anything.