The last year has been quite a roller coaster one for future National Hockey League Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr. I mean, clearly, things didn't go according to plans, and it is even harder to have your plan stick when people and rules get in your way.
This past season, Jagr played in five games this season with the Kladno Knights, a team he co-owns, in the Czech Republic after a 22-game stint with the Calgary Flames. With no other NHL prospects in front of him, Jagr elected to return home and continue his professional hockey career in the relative comfort of his hometown and has since also revealed that he plans to play for Kladno again during the 2018-19 season.
However, the 46-year-old might have been hoping for another team to add to his past season's resume this year, but was not allowed to. RSport in Russia has reported that Omsk Avangard was hoping to have Jagr finish his professional career playing for the KHL club this season, but were blocked by the league's rule book.
Avangard president Maxim Sushinsky told RSport that the team wanted to sign Jagr to a one-game contract, but a KHL rule prohibits such a deal.
After all, Jagr spent a total of four seasons playing for Avangard, making his KHL debut with the club during the NHL lockout in 2004-05. He spent three seasons with Omsk from 2008-2011 before returning to the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The story might not be over as KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko told RSport that Avangard did not made an official appeal to the league, which could always be eventually done... There is also chatter that because Jagr remains the great Jaromir Jagr - a unique exception could be made for him.
The five-time Art Ross Trophy winner currently sits third all-time in NHL history in games played at 1,733, but when he was put on waivers by the Flames at the end of January, no other NHL club took him on its roster. He needed to appear in just 38 more to overtake Gordie Howe for most games played in NHL history.
Jagr has played in 24 NHL seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers and the Flames.