Czech hockey forward Patrik Eliáš has signed a three-year contract with the New Jersey Devils in the NHL, the club where he spent the last 17 seasons. Eliáš said in a statement he was excited to be back with New Jersey, and felt special to be a member of one organization his entire career. He is set to earn 16.5 million US dollars over the next three years; his previous, seven-year contract with the Devils expired earlier this year. The 37-year-old Czech has appeared in 1090 games for the New Jersey Devils, winning the Stanley Cup in 2002 and 2003.
The Boston Bruins, in a reversal, may try and again sign Czech hockey player Jaromír Jágr, several news sites report. Jágr was slated to leave the team following the Bruins’ defeat in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals – a move originally confirmed by General Manager Peter Chiarelli. But after forward Nathan Horton said he wanted to test the market, Chiarelli reacted by suggesting the club might rethink its position. Jágr went scoreless throughout the playoffs but was crucial on key plays, not least in games that went down the wire.
The general manager of the Boston Bruins, Peter Chiarelli, has confirmed that future hall-of-famer Jaromír Jágr will not be with the club next season. The GM confirmed the decision at a press conference at TD Garden on Wednesday, in which he praised the Czech winger and said he had been happy with his game. But Jágr himself joked with reporters that had he scored 20 goals (and not finished 20 short) in the playoffs he might have been back. While the player was unable to snap his scoreless streak, he was important on a number of key plays when games went down the wire. The 41-year-old Jágr will now weigh his options but intends to remain in the NHL.
The Czech ice hockey players Michal Rozsíval and Michael Frolík have lifted the NHL's Stanely Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks. Frolík provided an assist for the winning goal in the Blackhawks' 3:2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, a result that gave his club an unassailable 4:2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Two more Czechs, David Krejčí, the most productive player in the playoffs, and veteran Jaromír Jágr were on the losing side.
This year’s Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins was an epic and tightly-fought affair, with the Bruins – including future hall-of famer Jaromír Jágr – needing to win on Monday to force a deciding Game 7. It didn’t happen: with less than two minutes remaining on the clock, the Blackhawks scored not once but twice – a one-two punch from which the Bruins couldn’t recover.
The Boston Bruins, with leading post-season scorer David Krejčí and future hall-of-famer Jaromír Jágr, will have a final chance on Monday to draw out this year’s Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins need to win at home to force a seventh and deciding game in the Windy City. The Bruins have had their backs against the wall in the playoffs already this year, shocking the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round with one of the most remarkable comebacks in recent hockey history. If the Blackhawks win on Monday, two other Czech players, Michal Rozsíval and Michael Frolík ,will be able to hoist the famous trophy.
The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3:1 on Saturday night to put them ahead 3:2 in the Stanley Cup Final. The club only needs to win one more game to clinch the series and win the championship. Both clubs feature the talents of Czech players – including Jaromír Jágr who is seeking his third Cup. No matter who wins, the famous trophy will travel to the Czech Republic later this year, according to a tradition in which players are allowed to have it for a day. The Bruins will be hoping to stave off elimination on Monday.
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