Jaromir Jagr said Wednesday he wasn't expecting it to be so difficult to sign with an NHL team this offseason. "The most serious negotiations I have are with Kladno. Because Kladno has a smart owner who knows what he wants," joked Jagr, who owns the team in Czech Republic's second-tier professional league. "No, really, I don't have a clue. I leave it all on my agent [Petr Svoboda]. There is a couple of [NHL] teams that showed interest, but nothing specific yet." The 45-year-old right wing had 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 82 games for the Florida Panthers last season, his 23rd in the NHL. The Panthers said July 1 that they would not re-sign him. Jagr's 1,914 points are second in League history behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857), and at 1,711 NHL games, he trails Gordie Howe by 56 for most all-time. "I'm not thinking about the total number of NHL games," Jagr said after an exhibition game to commemorate fellow Czech forward Martin Havlat's retirement. "It's true that when I got back to the NHL (in 2011), I told myself I would very much want to get to 2,000 [NHL] points. But it's still far away. I didn't expect it would be so hard to get a job in the NHL this year." At 765 NHL goals, Jagr trails Howe by 36 for second behind Gretzky (894).
Jagr didn't expect finding a new team to be so difficult
NHL.com | Aug 10