While the story remains that Jaromir Jagr is still listed as day-to-day by the Calgary Flames, the 45-year-old did not join the Flames for their four-game road. And of course, now the speculation keeps going around the forward's future.
Kristen Odland of the Calgary Sun reports Jagr was not in Minnesota with Flames on Tuesday as they prepare to play four games in six nights before their bye week.
Jagr last played on Dec. 31 due to a lower-body injury, but reports seem to reveal that he may have played his final game with the Flames. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported last week that, while nothing is imminent, the two sides had an arrangement when Jagr signed with the team that the contract would be terminated if things weren't working out for either side.
While both parties have discussed the possibility of a trade, many NHL insiders reported that his time in Calgary is over, and Jagr is evaluating his options, whether to stay in the NHL or go back to Europe.
Some believe Jagr might want to make it back in time to the Czech Republic to represent his country at the 2018 Olympics Games. However, the veteran had made it clear he was retiring from national competitions back in 2015 at the Worlds in Prague.
A few games away from a huge bonus!
Jagr has appeared in 22 contests for the Flames this season, posting one goal and six assists. The forward might be looking for the chance to be traded to another team that could use his experience on a fourth line.
Hypothetically, if Jagr is picked up by another NHL team this season, he will be owed a $150,000 bonus if he plays another eight games and potentially up to $500,000 beyond that depending on how many games he ends up suiting up for this season.
“His agent, Petr Svoboda, has been given permission to talk to every other team in the league to see if there’s a fit for him. At this time there isn’t. … His time in Calgary is about done and they’re just trying to figure out how they’re going to go about it," had explained Elliotte Friedman on CBC on Saturday.
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.
He is the NHL’s active leader in goals (766) and assists (1,155) and his 1,921 points are second all-time behind only Wayne Gretzky. Jagr has appeared in 1,733 contests and needs to appear in just 38 more to overtake Gordie Howe for most games played in NHL history.
Fans hoping to see him land on their favorite team's roster!
While it would be great for Jagr to play his final NHL with the Penguins, fans of other teams are hoping their club could land him for basically nothing to get a chance to see him play in their favorite uniform.
What about you? Where do you want to see Jagr land? Or do you think it's time for him to hang up the skates?