The rumor mill has been spinning for the last week now about veteran Jaromir Jagr's future with the Calgary Flames and the National Hockey League. Retirement, trade, career-ending injury - we have heard it all.
Finally, on Wednesday, Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke addressed the topic during a Tim & Sid interview. While Burke immediately admitted he would trust Jagr in his organization again, he also revealed some additional details on what is going on with the 45-year-old player.
“We would do the Jagr experiment again tomorrow if we had the opportunity,” Burke said. “He’s been a quality guy, he’s played well when he’s been able to. He’s been hurt a lot, missing training camp, starting late, it’s really been a perfect storm against him and when you’re  years old, that’s a lot.”
The Flames offered Jagr to a one-year, $1-million contract in October after months of speculation regarding his return to to NHL.
“He’s been battling some injuries, fighting through some injuries, we’re working through his situation day-by-day,” Burke continued. “We have nothing to announce at this point, and when we do, we will.”
Jagr has only played 22 games this season, missing time with different injuries as he is currently dealing with a nagging lower-body ailment and hasn’t suited up since Dec. 31.
The skates about to get hung up or a trade is in the works?
Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman has recently revealed that Jagr may in fact have reached the end of his legendary career in the NHL.
"These things take a little bit of time (remember Vadim Shipachyov) so it might take a few days to get clarity, but Jaromir Jagr’s NHL time is coming to an end."
According to Friedman Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, has been granted permission to speak to other teams in the league but there has not been much interest, if there has been any at all, and that unfortunately comes as little surprise.
When asked if Jagr might be moved to a different NHL team, Burke said, “I don’t know, but I would say the feeling is probably not.”
“He’s got rings, he’s got trophies, he’s got titles, he’s got records. This has been a wonderful career, if it is indeed at the end.”
The young players have learned a lot from Jagr
One thing is sure, Jagr's time with the Flames have greatly impacted the younger generation of the team, like rookie linemate Mark Jankowski.
“He’s a great person. He’s really good in the room, we really enjoy him. He’s great,” said Burke.
“When a Hall of Famer like Jaromir Jagr tells you, you’re grateful for that advice. You’re like, ‘OK, I’m going to cherish that, I’m going to remember that, I’m going to remember that until I die,” said Burke. “[Jankowski] is going to tell his grandkids about those one-on-ones.”