NHL Signing: Dallas Stars Sign Jaromir Jagr
Jagr, the eighth-highest scorer in NHL history, returned to the League last season after three seasons in Russia to play for the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored 19 goals and 35 assists in 73 games with the Flyers in 2011-12.
Jagr is the second 40-year-old to join the Stars this week. On Sunday, they added left wing Ray Whitney, a Second-Team All-Star in 2011-12, by signing him to a two-year, $9 million deal.
“Jaromir Jagr is, without a doubt, one of the best players in the history of this league, and he demonstrated last season that he remains incredibly skilled, productive and valuable,” general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said in a statement. “We see him fitting into our top two lines and contributing heavily to our offensive attack. We’re very excited about adding a player of Jaromir’s caliber to our club.”
The signing of Jagr also comes one day after the Stars acquired slick center Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for gritty forward Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy. Roy is expected to fill the opening left when GM Joe Nieuwendyk dealt center Mike Ribeiro to Washington on June 22 for young forward Cory Eakin and a draft pick. The Stars haven’t made the postseason since 2008, when they advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
Jagr’s 1,653 points make him the NHL’s all-time points leader among European-born players. His 665 career goals are tops among active NHL players. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has played in 1,346 career games with the Penguins, Flyers, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.
Originally selected fifth overall by the Penguins at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Jagr is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Penguins, He also won the 1999 Hart Trophy and has won five Art Ross Trophies, three Lester B. Pearson Awards and was named a First Team All-Star seven times.
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