After falling to the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Jaromir Jagr was unsure of his return to Philadelphia. He stated he would be back in the National Hockey League, but was uncertain of a second stint with the Flyers. Now a return to Philadelphia is more evident.
Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia that Jagr is eyeing another one year deal. “I’ve talked to Jaromir and I have talked to [Flyers GM] Paul [Holmgren] and we hope to get something done before the draft.”
Svoboda is also the player agent for Flyers’ winger, Jakub Voraceck who is set to become a restricted free agent. Voraceck is close to resigning with Philadelphia according to Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia.
Jagr had great success in his first year back to the NHL after returning from Russia, registering 19 goals and 35 assists in 73 regular season games. He played on a line centered by up and coming superstar, Claude Grioux and the resurgent power forward, Scott Hartnell. Jagr was inconsistent in the playoffs, changing lines in the second series against the Devils’ due to the Flyers’ inability to score. In the postseason, Jagr compiled one goal and seven assists in the Flyers’ eleven playoff games.
Svoboda stressed Jagr is still continuing to prove himself as a player. “He feels he needs to prove himself every day, but I agree with you, he needs to cut back in his training. Jaromir hasn’t forgotten how he got criticized by the media in Pittsburgh early in his career,” Svoboda said, a reference to Jagr being immature and somewhat lazy as a player in his 20s.”
Philadelphia Flyers’ General Manager confirmed their interest in Jagr, stating “We have interest in Jaromir.”
The Flyers’ have other important impending free agents this summer including Matt Carle who has made clear he wants to return to Philadelphia.
Below is a highlight video of Jaromir Jagr’s 2001-2012 season with the Philadelphia Flyers’.