Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr has trained for the first time with his
new NHL team, the Calgary Flames, with whom he signed this week.
The 45-year-old player who picked up 46 points last season (16 goals, 30 assists) had warned beforehand that he hadn’t trained with a team in five months and joked after the practice that he was glad he had survived.
Calgary is Jágr’s ninth club – but first Canadian team – in 24 seasons in the NHL.
Czech ice hockey veteran, Jaromír Jágr, has signed a one-year contract
with the Canadian NHL club, the Calgary Flames. The deal comes on the eve
of the start of the new season.
Jágr, 45, has been for weeks seeking a new team as a free agent after his former contract with the Florida Panthers was not extended at the end of the last season.
The new deal could allow Jágr to set a new record for NHL league starts.
The TSN sports news channel has reported that Canadian NHL ice hockey club,
the Calgary Flames, are very hopeful about signing Czech veteran Jaromír
Jágr after initial talks. Jágr, 45, who last season played for the
Florida Panthers with 16 goals and 30 assists, is a free agent looking for
a team after being dropped by the club at the end of the season.
Rumours peaked last week that Jágr might return to play for local Czech club, the Kladno Knights, which he owns. The player later said that talks about possible NHL openings would detain him. The NHL season is about to start.
Future hockey hall of famer Jaromír Jágr will announce on October 5 which
hockey team he will play with this season, according to reports citing KHL
insider Aivis Kalnins, who in turn referred to the player’s agent.
Jágr, 45, has not received offers for a one-year-contract in the National Hockey League despite having a productive season last year. Earlier this week, Jágr said he would not agree to a team try-out in the NHL and that the KHL was also a possibility.
In mid-August, the forward said he had considered a return to the Czech Republic, where he would play for Kladno, a hockey club he owns. Playing in the Czech Republic would give him freedom to cancel his contract should an NHL offer come through or would allow him to play in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Czech hockey player David Pastrňák signed a new contract with the Boston
Bruins on Thursday following lengthy negotiations.
The 21-year-old signed a six-year deal worth 40 million dollars. The right winger scored a career-high 34 goals last season; he also had 36 assists and had a plus-11 rating in 75 games.
Star forward, Jaromír Jágr, meanwhile, is still without an offer.
Hockey goalie Marek Mazanec, 26, is returning to Europe after signing with Slovan Bratislava in the KHL. The player agreed to a one-year-deal. Four years ago the Písek native, who had helped Plzeň clinch the Extraliga title, departed for the NHL after signing with Nashville. In his first season, he played 25 games with the Predators but then got only six starts over the next three years and played mostly for the club’s farm team in the AHL. He was originally expected to continue with Nashville but opted for Slovan instead.