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[Signing] Jagr signs with New Jersey for 1 year

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Finally official


The New Jersey Devils made it official Tuesday when the club announced the signing of veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but ESPN.com previously reported it as a one-year deal.

Jagr had 16 goals and 19 assists last season, and helps fill a scoring need due to departures the last two offseasons of forwards Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson. Even with Kovalchuk and Clarkson last season, the Devils were 28th in goals scored and 21st in power-play percentage in 2012-13 on the way to finishing 11th in Eastern Conference.

Even at 41, Jagr has an impeccable work ethic. He was a big influence on many of the young players for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011-12 season, his first back in the NHL after three in Europe, when he had 19 goals and 54 points. He was equally valuable to the Dallas Stars in 34 games last season, striking for 14 goals and 26 points before his trade to the Boston Bruins on April 2.

The Bruins dealt Lane MacDermid, their 2013 first-round pick, and prospect Cody Payne to the Stars for Jagr. The future Hall of Famer played on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand late in the season and during the Stanley Cup Playoffs during his stay in Boston. He also played on the power-play with the first unit.

While Jagr did not score a goal in 22 postseason games for the Bruins, but did have 10 assists and ranked fourth on the team with 58 shots. He's currently goalless in 31 consecutive playoff games dating back to the 2011-12 campaign, marking the longest postseason drought of his career.

Jagr has 681 goals and 1,688 points in 1,391 regular-season games spanning 19 seasons with six different clubs.

Jagr certainly will be a welcome addition to New Jersey's offensive mix. He'll join with other forwards acquired during free agency -- Michael Ryder, Ryane Clowe and Rostislav Olesz -- to attempt to fill the offensive hole left when Kovalchuk retired from the NHL earlier this month.


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Jagr says he was talking to the Devils even before Kovalchuk retired and preference was to play in the Eastern Conference. 3-4 teams were interested in him, said he didn't consider Europe. Wanted to stay in the NHL. Jagr says he think he'll be fine during this 82 game season. Noted he played 105 games between NHL and Europe last year.

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I'd say he'll probably get his 14th goal against us (we've been on the wrong side of many a milestones), but we play the devils twice in the first 12 games of the season, and I doubt he'll score at that torrid of a pace to open the season.

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