UPDATE: @68Jagr unclaimed after waiver move by @NHLFlames, expected to play in Europe.

DOPxDFjW4AAX2PQ
For now this stands as the last Jaromir Jagr goal celebration in the NHL. Groin and a knee injury have had Jagr in and out of the lineup, limiting the Czech legend to 22 of Calgary’s 49 games. No one claimed Jagr within 24 hours after the Flames put him on waivers Sunday, Jan. 28. He is expected to return to Europe for Kladno, the team he owns in the Czech league. Another destination mentioned is Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League, according to an article linked in today’s edition of jagrometer.com. We hope sooner or later Jagr is able to get healthy enough to play well and sign with another team in the National Hockey League.

UPDATE:  Not unexpectedly, noon came and went and Jaromir Jagr is a free agent as no NHL team claimed him within 24 hours of the Czech legend being placed on waivers Sunday, Jan. 28J by the Calgary Flames.

The last member of the NHL draft class of 1990, who used to tear around the ice in the Civic Arena  as fast and carefree as he drove around the hills and highways of Pittsburgh in his Camaro at the start of his career, has become a classic over the decades. The cold of Calgary was seemingly not as good for his performance as the warmth of Florida. Sunday’s move means the Flames are parting way with the classic muscle car they’ve kept in the garage since Jagr’s last game Dec. 31 against Chicago at the Saddledome.

Jagr’s career stalls with a third-best 1733 games played, third best 766 goals scored, fifth best 1,555 assists and second best all time 1921 point in a proflific career that started for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990.

Since that time no deal to trade the injured Czech legend to an NHL team has transpired. Dreamers in NHL cities best not get too hopeful anything happens Monday morning. If unclaimed Jagr will return to Europe and play for Kladno, the team he owns in the Czech Republic. However one report out of Canada suggests Jagr could end up with Frolunda in the Swedish league. It is likely the only way he can get back into the NHL. Get healthy, play abroad and show something an NHL general manager will decide to put in the showroom of their arena for another spin.

DUpXDI_WsAIccA0
Noted Photoshoppper @NCPanthers1, a former Florida Panthers season ticket holder who lives in North Carolina, came up with this revised Slapshot movie poster after hearing Jaromir Jagr was placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames.

Jagr or his people are often prone to leak information to the Czech media before North American reporters and those outlets reported some of the news Sunday afternoon. Translate as necessary.

https://www.denik.cz/hokej/konec-v-nhl-jagr-se-vraci-domu-oblekne-dres-kladna-20180128.html?utm_source=denik_celostat&utm_campaign=onesignal&utm_medium=webpush

Another article from republic.

https://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/hokej-nhl/325065/calgary-nabizi-jagra-kdyz-si-ho-nikdo-nevybere-zamiri-do-kladna.html?utm_source=onesignal

 

It has been an odd turn of events for Jagr since the end of his 46-point campaign in 2016-17 for the Florida Panthers. That team in transition decided to part ways with Jagr and three other experienced players, grossly overrating the readiness of their AHL talent to compete in the NHL. The Panthers continue to struggle under first-year coach Bob Boughner.

The Panthers backed away from  promises to offer Jagr a new contract shortly after Boughner was hired in June. A summer of free agency didn’t produce a contract with Jagr until the season was about to start. While the Flames opened on the road Jagr was arriving in Calgary for a press conference to sign his one-year deal with Calgary. Jagr missed the first three games trying to make up for missing training camp with his new team. After playing a games with the Flames he was out of the lineup with what the team called a “lower body injury.”

Through his career Jagr has periodically suffered groin injuries and usually recovered from them. Over the next few months of this 2017-18 season Jagr was in and out of the line up, recording one goal and six assists in 22 of Calgary’s 49 games leading to the All-Star break. Jagr was incredibly durable in recent years, missing only 11 games in the last five seasons COMBINED.  As for suggestions he didn’t train as hard for this season due to his contract situation, he was set to play for Kladno the weekend before the NHL season started but was held out of action as contract talks between Jagr, the Flames and St. Louis started to gain traction. He would not have played for Kladno if he wasn’t in game shape.

craig-conroy-jaromir-jagr-flames
Jaromir Jagr on sighing day with the Calgary Flames in October, 2017. Some have suggested Jagr came to the Flames out of shape, which is certainly not reflected in this photo.

Flames all-star wing Johnny Gaudreau and Sidney Crosby talked about Jagr to the a Canadian reporter during the just completed all-star weekend in Tampa.

http://www.sportingnews.com/ca/nhl/news/nhl-all-stars-sidney-crosby-johnny-gaudreau-salute-jaromir-jagr-after-45-year-old-placed-waivers-calgary-flames-play-europe-career/1tn8j1xluezhy1hno6nsfekszw

For now, Jagr’s last goal came in a win over Detroit and was set up by Gaudreau on a nice two-on one break.

So, for now, Jagr’s stats remain frozen as shown below on the Jagr-O-Meter.

The Traveling Jagrs chimed in on Calgary’s tenure with the Flames.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/jaromir-jagr-waivers-1.4508078?cmp=rss

TheJAGROMETER--Game49Edmonton4Calglary3SO

Year by year stats from our favorite hockey stat site, quanthockey.com.

http://www.quanthockey.com/hockey-stats/en/profile.php?player=2710

CardPointBreakdown1921

Jagrometer.com will continue to publish summaries, links and graphics from wherever Jagr resumes his career.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s