The Florida Panthers announced the re-signing of winger Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Miami Herald’s George Richards reports Jagr’s deal for next season is much like the one for this season. In other words, a bonus-laced contract with a $3.5 million base salary which could take him up to $5 million.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon, like Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, obviously not wasting time getting business done. And like Shanahan’s cleaning house in his management and coaching departments, the only thing surprising about Tallon’s re-signing Jagr is that it came so quickly.
The Panthers GM made it known for several weeks he was interested in retaining the 43-year-old future Hall of Famer, while Jagr also expressed his willingness to return. Jagr clicked almost immediately with young linemates Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. After putting up 29 points in 57 games with the New Jersey Devils, Jagr tallied 18 in 20 games following his trade to the Panthers. He had a positive effect upon Huberdeau and Barkov and they with him.
While Jagr isn’t the superstar of his youth, he’s only a year removed from a 67-point performance with the Devils. Perhaps another 60-plus point performance could be in the offing. His experience and leadership over a full season could help push the Panthers into the playoff next year.