Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon believes a new deal can be reached with veteran forward Jaromir Jagr, and soon.
44-year-old Jagr led the Panthers with 66 points (27G, 39A) in 79 games this season, finishing second to only linemate Aleksander Barkov in goals (28), and has already expressed a desire to continue playing next season.
It was Jagr’s first full season in Sunrise, having been traded to Florida by New Jersey in February 2015 in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016.
After scoring six goals and 18 points in 20 games for the Panthers, a new one-year deal was quickly agreed last summer, with the future Hall of Famers influence on the clubs crop of young talent proving as valuable as his contribution on the score sheet, forming a brilliant partnership with Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau this season.
Drafted 5th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990, Jagr’s career record now stands at 749 goals (third all-time) and 1,868 points (also third all-time) in 1,629 NHL games (8th all-time).
He won four straight Art Ross Trophies as the NHL’s leading points scorer between 1998 and 2001 and the Hart Trophy in 1999.
Since returning to the NHL in 2011, Jagr has had stints with Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston and New Jersey before settling in Florida more recently.
Jagr registered two assists during the Panthers Eastern Conference quarter final defeat to the New York Islanders.
His last contract carried a base value of $3.5 million with bonuses worth up to $1.9 million based on appearances and performance. It’s likely any new deal would be around a similar value.