Future Hall of Famer Jaromír Jágr was placed on waivers by NHL’s
Calgary Flames on Sunday signaling the end of the hockey forward’s stint
at the Saddledome.
Other NHL teams were left 24 hours to claim the player by 10 am Monday. The Flames are otherwise expected to announce a mutual parting of ways – either a termination of his contract or by loaning him to another team, the Calgary Sun reported.
Jágr, who turns 46 in February, was dogged by injury during much of his time in Calgary and was limited to one goal and six assists during in 22 contests. The most likely outcome, if he isn’t picked up, is a return to his hometown club HC Kladno, just outside of Prague.
SB Nation on Sunday, meanwhile, published an article online listing five NHL teams who should give the Czech “one more shot”, among them the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he won two Stanley Cups, the Montreal Canadiens (where he could reunite on a line with Tomáš Plekanec) and the Vegas Golden Knights.
Most of the members of the winning Czech Olympic ice hockey team from
Nagano will get together in Prague on February 5 to mark the 20th
anniversary of their victory.
The reunion has been arranged to mark what is seen as a key moment not just in sporting but also national history, according to the national ice hockey association which is organising the event.
Seventeen of the 23-strong squad which won gold have promised to take part as well most of the back-up team. One notable exception will by Jaromír Jágr, still playing for the Calgary Flames.
Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has lost the opportunity this year to
set a new NHL record for the number of games played.
Jágr hopes of equalling the record of Gordie Howe for the number of games played evaporated on Wednesday when he failed to play for the Calgary Flames against Los Angeles.
Forty-five year old Jágr so far has a tally of 1733 games, 34 short of Canadian Howe’s total of 1767. Calgary has 34 games left to play this season but the Czech, who has been sidelined by injury recently, looks doubtful to feature in all of them.
The Calgary Flames have said they are waiting now for legendary Czech
player Jaromír Jágr to recover from injury before deciding on what to do
with the future hall of famer.
There was speculation recently that Jágr’s agent and the team management were negotiating an exit for the player who has missed the last six matches and 22 overall so far this season. The two previous seasons, with Florida, the forward missed only three games.
At the moment, the team’s general manager Brad Treliving said it was not possible to say more. Calgary are currently eighth in the Western Conference and third in the Pacific Division. It is possible the team may stick with the experienced player if a playoff spot appears likely.
Speculation is growing over the future of star forward Jaromír Jágr with
the Calgary Flames in the NHL following a report on Saturday by
Sportsnet's Eliotte Friedman that the Flames management had given
Jágr's agent Peter Svoboda permission to find an apparent
"exit" for the player from the franchise.
The story was also reported by The Hockey News on Monday.
Jágr, a future Hall of Famer and second-most productive player in the history of the NHL (second only to Wayne Gretzky), has suffered from a groin and knee injury and only picked up seven points so far this season. It is unclear whether Jágr, 45, at this point would be able to secure another contract in the NHL although there is reportedly European interest and the player could return to play one last time for the Czech national squad at the upcoming Winter Olympics. Or return to play for his hometown team HC Kladno, a club he owns.
The legendary forward, who has two Stanley Cup rings, won Olympic gold with the Czech team at Nagano in 1998, where the Czechs defeated the US, Canada and Russia in the knock-out stages.
In other NHL action, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondřej Palát forced what
NHL.com called the save of the year from Montreal Canadiens' goalie
Carey Price although 2018 is only a few days old.
Jumping on a rebound from Price, Palát shot at what appeared to be an open net. Somehow, the Montreal goaltender managed a “roll over save” and to get his skate in front of the puck.
The clutch back-to-back saves, which came in overtime, allowed the Habs to win the game in a shootout, snapping a five-game losing streak.