Jaromir Jagr wants an extension in New Jersey: 'What else am I going to do, get fat?'

Mar 9, 9:24 AM

The New Jersey Devils were given a gift last week when Gary Bettman and the NHL awarded them their first-round draft pick back after losing it as a penalty in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract fiasco.

A supremely talented forward in Jaromir Jagr wants to sign an extension in New Jersey. He made it abundantly clear he did not want to be moved at the trade deadline.

If he didn't get to decide where he was going, he wasn't going at all.

Jagr is giving yet another gift to management, telling media members he'll be hanging around waiting for the Devils to offer him a contract.

"I like it here and I want to stay, but there’s no rush." Jagr told The New York Post, "I’ll be here when they want to talk. I know I’m going to play in the NHL. I’m going to play in the NHL for as long as I can."

In typical Jagr fashion, he added there's really nothing he'd rather be doing. "I love it. What else am I going to do, get fat?"

Sep 18, 4:54 PM

Jaromir Jagr: 'I want to play until (I'm) 50'

Sep 18, 4:54 PM

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr is a veteran of 20 NHL seasons, and if he has his way, he'll play for at least eight more.

The 42-year-old told NorthJersey.com that he doesn't consider the upcoming season his final one:

I don’t think that way. I love the game. What I want to tell you is I don’t know if it’s going to be the last year in the NHL. If I stay healthy, it’s not going to be my last year in hockey. I want to play until 50, maybe more. But I want to play in the NHL if I’m good enough. I don’t want to just be here just to be here.

Jagr re-signed with the Devils in April on a one-year contract worth $3.5 million in base salary, plus up to $2 million in games-played bonuses.

The NHL legend says he still loves the game and will keep playing as long as that's the case:

The longer you play in the NHL, the better challenge you get for yourself. You’re facing the best players in the world. So, if I’m good enough to play in this league, I want to do it. If I’m not, I’m going to play somewhere else. But you have to stay healthy and you have to stay motivated and you have to love the game. So, that’s what I do. That’s what I love.

Jagr's 1,755 points are tied with Steve Yzerman for sixth all-time, and his 705 career goals rank him seventh in league history, three behind Mike Gartner.

The forward says he's not going to retire simply because of his age.

“(Just) because I’m over 40, there’s no rules that you have to stop playing. There’s no rules. It’s tougher because there’s a lot of young guys.”

Jagr says he welcomes the pressure of playing at the highest level.

"I told you I’ve got to be good enough to want to play in the NHL, so (the one-year contract is) extra pressure. I like the pressure.”

[H/T Pro Hockey Talk]

Feature photo courtesy of Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 30, 6:39 PM

Devils' Jagr on re-signing for 2014-15: 'If I'm happy somewhere, there's no reason to change'

Apr 30, 6:39 PM

Jaromir Jagr and the New Jersey Devils agreed to extend their relationship at least one more season, and the 42-year-old said he did not feel the need to test the free agent market this summer.

"I think both sides wanted to do it quickly," Jagr told the Star-Ledger. "There was no reason to change clubs because I was happy. No reason to do it. Two things could happen with free agency: Maybe there would be more teams (interested) and I would get more money. But if I'm happy somewhere, there's no reason to change."

Jagr added he hasn't ruled out playing beyond the 2014-15 season. "I want to play as long as I can. I love the game, but I like a one-year deal," he said. "I'm happy and I play my best hockey when I'm happy. We had a good group of guys, which is important, and I was getting the ice time I like. I like to play a lot. I don't get tired much."

In terms of what he'd like to accomplish next season, Jagr said he'd "like to score more goals," and reiterated that he has "always thought" the Devils are in a position to win the Stanley Cup.

Whether that's true or not, hockey fans everywhere can agree that more Jagr is never a bad thing.

Apr 30, 2:32 PM

Devils extend ageless NHL legend Jaromir Jagr for one more year

Apr 30, 2:32 PM

Wednesday was a big day for New Jersey Devils forward, Czech Olympian and surefire first-ballot Hockey Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr. First, he was nominated for the Masterton Trophy by the Professional Hockey Writers Assocation, and in the afternoon he officially put pen to paper on a contract extension with the Devils.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but previous reports have indicated that Jagr's new deal will pay him somewhere in the neighborhood of $5-6 million on a one-year contract. 

Jagr managed 67 points as a 42-year-old during the 2013-14 NHL season, while leading the Devils in shot attempt differential. Among all NHL forwards who played at least 1000 even-strength minutes, Jagr was 40th in points per sixty minutes, ahead of players like Patrick Marleau, Anze Kopitar, and Jarome Iginla. 

Put simply: he's still got it. 

UPDATE: Sportsnet's Chris Johnston has the full contract details for Jagr's new one-year contract extension:

So it's a bonus laden $5.5 million one-year contract, with $3.5 million guaranteed. 

Apr 29, 2:43 PM

Report: Jaromir Jagr to sign 1-year deal with Devils worth $5-6 million

Apr 29, 2:43 PM

Jaromir Jagr will be back for his 23rd NHL season as TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie is reporting the future Hall of Famer has reached a one-year extension with the New Jersey Devils worth $5-6 million.

The Czech forward, who will play for his country at the upcoming World Championships, is currently tied with Steve Yzerman for the sixth-most points in NHL history with 1,755. With 44 more next season, he can leapfrog Marcel Dionne and Ron Francis into sole possession of fourth-place behind Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Gordie Howe. 

He notched 67 points this season, and with two more at a similar pace, he will supersede Howe for third-place all time. 

Apr 12, 5:45 PM

Jagr calls season with Devils 'one of the most enjoyable', but says little about future

Apr 12, 5:45 PM

Heading into the final game of the regular season, 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr scored 24 goals and added 41 assists for the Devils, and refers to his season in New Jersey as "probably the most enjoyable, or one of the most enjoyable, years" of his illustrious career.

“I know we didn’t make the playoffs, but I probably had the most scoring chances I’ve ever had in my hockey career," Jagr told Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger. "Even when I was scoring so many goals, I didn’t have this many chances. It’s tougher to score goals."

In regards to whether Sunday's season finale will be his last game with the team, the soon-to-be free agent said this:

"Go and ask someone who is 70 or older: ‘Do you think about the fact tomorrow might be your last day in life?’ What is he going to answer? ‘No, I’m not thinking about that.’ So that’s my answer," he said. "Go with the flow. You know what they say. People make plans, but God is changing them."

Jagr signed a one-year, $2-million contract with the Devils last summer, and there is reportedly mutual interest in terms of bringing him back for at least one more season. 

Apr 1, 8:23 PM

Report: Devils, Jagr interested in working out contract extension

Apr 1, 8:23 PM

Ageless power forward Jaromir Jagr turned into one of the NHL's best bargains in a top-line role for the New Jersey Devils this season. 

The 42-year-old dynamo is rewriting the NHL record books while contributing 64 points in 75 games for the Devils; and he's done all of that on a one-year deal paying him only $4 million, only half of which was guaranteed.

According to a report from ESPN reporter Pierre LeBrun, Jagr's stay in New Jersey may extend past this season. Citing unnamed sources, LeBrun reports that Jagr's agent, former winger Petr Svboda, met with Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello earlier this week and both sides "expressed a desire to get Jagr extended."

The will is reportedly there, although it's likely that the two sides will wait until the end of the season before hammering out the terms of a potential contract extension.

Mar 1, 5:18 PM

Devils' Jaromir Jagr wants teams to call him directly about a trade

Mar 1, 5:18 PM

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New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr has made it clear he does not want to leave New Jersey. He wants to be able to handle his future, especially since he does not have a contract in place for next season and is a ripe 42-years-old.

Jagr told reporters if he is not contacted by any team that wants to trade for him, there is a possibility he will go back to the Czech Republic. He also mentioned he would have collected all his bonuses leaving him no incentive to stick around on a team he doesn't want to play for.

The Boston Bruins called Jagr last season while he played for the Dallas Stars and came to an agreement. He appeared in 22 playoff games for the Bruins scoring 10 assists.

Jagr also told Devils beat writer Rich Chere he wants to know what is going on and does not want to be surprised by a trade. "I don't know the situation with Marty [Brodeur]. The situation with me, I think if any team would try to trade for me, they would probably ask me first if I wanted to go there. I don't have a contract (for next season) and I'm 42-years-old."

This season with the Devils Jagr has 52 points in 61 games, scoring his 700th career goal Saturday afternoon.

Feb 26, 2:32 PM

Jagr doesn't want to be traded, might not report to new team if Devils move him before deadline

Feb 26, 2:32 PM

Fresh off an appearance at the 2014 Winter Olympics for his native Czech Republic, 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr has reiterated his desire to remain with the New Jersey Devils for the remainder of his one-year contract.

Jagr added if general manager Lou Lamoriello does attempt to trade him, prospective teams should talk to him first to make sure he wants to go there. While Jagr doesn't have a no-move clause, he suggested he might not report to an undesirable team since his contract will expire at season's end.

Jagr leads the Devils in scoring with 17 goals, 32 assists and 151 shots in 59 games this season. Currently three points out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, much will depend on how New Jersey fares in their four games prior to the March 5. Should they struggle right out of the gate, chances are they'll lean more towards being sellers then buyers at the trade deadline.

Dec 31, 8:27 AM

Jaromir Jagr won't ask for a trade out of New Jersey: 'I’ll fight to the end'

Dec 31, 8:27 AM

Heading into Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New Jersey Devils sit five points back of the second wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. At 41 years of age, Jaromir Jagr is leading the charge, currently atop the team's scoring leaders with 13 goals and 21 assists through 40 games.

As the calendar turns to 2014 and the NHL's March 5 trade deadline moves closer, Jagr told Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger he's quite content to play out his one-year deal with the Devils even if they should fall further away from playoff contention.

I'm not going to ask for a trade if everything stays the same. I’ll fight to the end. I like it here too much. I would hate to go to some team just to help them. I’d feel like a rented guy.

They’d use me the way they want to, not because they need me. They’d already be happy with their team. I don’t think I’d play the same way. I need my 18-19 minutes. I need to play a lot in the third period when the game is on the line and guys are getting tired. I hope I stay. Everything can change, but I've had fun. I like the system we play. Even though it’s a more defensive system, I don’t mind it at all.

This perspective is interesting considering Jagr was essentially a rental player for the Boston Bruins last season, failing to score a goal during the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final. 

Jagr is making $2-million with the Devils this season, and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. With 1,722 career points, he sits just one back of former teammate Mario Lemieux for seventh in NHL all-time scoring.