Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov was hoping he would get to play with forward Jaromir Jagr again this season. Now he just wants to see Jagr get a chance to play anywhere. "I hope he signs somewhere," Barkov said Thursday during the European Player Media Tour. "Whether it's the NHL, the KHL [Kontinental Hockey League] or Czech league or anywhere, I just want to see him play." Jagr has been looking for a new team since the Panthers decided not to re-sign him before he became an unrestricted free agent July 1. The 45-year-old right wing had 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 82 games for the Panthers last season, and his 1,914 career points (765 goals, 1,149 assists) in 23 NHL seasons rank second in League history behind Wayne Gretzky's 2,857. After playing in an exhibition game in Brno, Czech Republic, to commemorate the retirement of former NHL forward Martin Havlat on Wednesday, Jagr said, "There is a couple of [NHL] teams that showed interest, but nothing specific yet." Jagr's options outside the NHL include playing in the KHL or with Kladno, the team he owns in the Czech Republic's second-tier professional league.
Barkov hopes Jagr continues playing
NHL.com | Aug 10