It looks like the Florida Panthers are firm believers in the expression “age is just a number.” Earlier this afternoon the club announced that the team re-signed 44-year old forward Jaromir Jagr to a one-year deal. As per team policy, the details of the contract were not disclosed. However, according to Sportsnet writer Chris Johnston, Jagr’s extension is for $4M in base salary with a possible $1.5M in games played bonuses.
In a press release sent out by the team, Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon said “His track record speaks for itself, ranking third all-time in points and goals. He has been a great fit with our organization and we are excited to have him back for next season.”
The 22 year NHL veteran led Florida this season with 66 points in 79 games, recording two assists in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. “Jaromir has had a tremendous influence on our younger players and has been a key offensive contributor on our team.” Panthers Head Coach Gerard Gallant would go on to say that, “We are happy to have him back as we look to build off this year’s playoff appearance.”
Jagr served as captain of the Atlantic Division team at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, Tenn. It marked his 10th NHL All-Star Game appearance. During the 2015-16 season, he passed Gordie Howe (1,850) to claim third all-time in points and passed Brett Hull (741) to claim third all-time in goals. Jagr also became only the sixth player in NHL history to reach 1,100 assists, the fifth player to reach 200 postseason points and the 10th player to reach 1,600 NHL games.