Much like Jokinen, the 40-year-old Jagr could possibly have found a spot with a real contender but decided to sign with a team that finished out of the top eight teams in their conference. The difference is that Jagr is already a guarantee for the Hall of Fame and has 189 points in 180 playoff games.
Jagr was part of a high-powered Flyers offense, and the Dallas Stars brought him in to help fix their scoring woes. Many Stars fans figured that Jagr’s role would extend to that of an on-ice coach as well.
It seems like a perfect fit for the Stars until they can restock their forwards with younger talent, but it was hard to believe that Jagr would come for just the money.
Maybe Jagr just wanted to keep playing and have fun without the expectation to win a Stanley Cup right away? Maybe the Stars offered him the most money? Or it could be that Joe Nieuwendyk was being honest when he spoke about Jagr wanting to take on the new challenge of playing in the Western Conference.
Either way, before free agency, the Stars were not on the top of anyone’s list to snag Jagr for the upcoming season.