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Jagr signs One-Year Contract with Panthers

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The Florida Panthers announced Thursday that longtime NHL star Jaromir Jagr will be returning for the 2016-17 season. Jagr should catch Mark Messier for second on the all-time points list.  The future Hall of Famer is just 19 behind the former Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers superstar. He could also potentially climb into the top-five all-time for career assists.

The Panthers set records for wins and points in a single season on their way to winning the Atlantic Division title. The team also saw improved attendance and local television ratings this year.

Unfortunately, the New York Islanders handed them a first-round exit. But the good news is that Jagr will return after his age-defying season.
Jagr led the team in scoring with 66 points in 79 games last season. His 66 points were the most ever by a player his age in NHL history.

In addition, he surpassed Gordie Howe for third all-time on the NHL’s point-scoring list and also passed Brett Hull to become the third all-time leading goal scorer in NHL history. Jagr was also elected to the NHL All-Star Game by fan vote and captained Team Atlantic at this year’s event.

Originally acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils during the 2014-15 campaign, Jagr has 84 points in 99 total games with the Panthers. Over 22 NHL seasons, the Czech Republic native has collected 749 goals, 1,119 assists and 1,868 points.
 
This past season was easily one of the most fascinating of Jagr’s career, thanks to the fact that he’s got a pair of young linemates in Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.
 
The 44-year-old has been lauded for his ability to mentor his teammates and set an example for the rest of the team. There’s no denying the dedication and work ethic Jagr has shown over the the course of his career. That’s one of the reasons he prefers to sign one-year contracts even when multi-year deals have been an option to him in recent years. He likes the challenge.
Jagr has also mentioned that he’d like to play until he’s 50. After this last season, he looks like he’s still got a few more good years left in him. He just might reach that goal.

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NOTE: This article was written by Ana Kieu.