At the beginning of this week, many thought that future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr's career was over... On Monday, the Calgary Flames cut ties with veteran assigning the forward to HC Kladno of the Czech 1 Liga in the Czech Republic.
"There were certainly some glimpses of what he could do, but we weren't able to sustain it enough," said Flames general manager Brad Treliving. "There was a lot of stops and starts [in his performance] and he really couldn't build a base.
"It's difficult. The league is quick. It's hard if you're 25, never mind 45."
However, there seems to be a major twist in this story. Jagr himself published a shocking update on his Facebook page, staying that he intends to return to the NHL before the start of the postseason.
Translated from Czech, Jagr writes about his injured knee and how he could not pretend to be fine anymore. He needed to have his knee drained on several occasions and wanted to head back to Czech Republic and meet with his doctor there.
Here is a short transaction offered on Facebook:
Jagr, who turns 46 on Feb. 15, cleared waivers Monday, a day after being waived by the Flames.
In 1,733 games, Jagr tallied 766 goals, 1,155 assists for 1,921 points. If he is indeed not done in the NHL, he could have another go at trying to beat Gordie Howe (1,767) and Mark Messier (1,756), who have appeared in more games.
What do you think of this shocking announcement? Do you believe he can return before the postseason?