Jaromir Jagr, who scored a goal for the Czech Republic in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Sweden in his team's Olympic hockey opener, will set his sights on becoming the seventh player in NHL history to score 700 goals when he returns to action for the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 27 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Currently participating in his fifth Olympic games, the winger—who turns 42 on Feb. 15—has enjoyed a productive season with New Jersey to date, recording 17 goals and a team-high 49 points in 59 games to go along with a stellar plus-21 rating.
Prior to the current Olympic break, Jagr had tallied just one goal over his last eight outings. Provided the veteran of 1,450 NHL games can stay healthy, it shouldn't be long before he hits the lofty 700-goal plateau.
With 1,039 career assists, Jagr, who broke into the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1990-91 season, is also on track to overtake Marcel Dionne, who is currently ninth overall on the league's all-time assist leader board with 1,040 helpers in 1,348 games. Meanwhile, hockey legend Gordie Howe is eighth in said category, with 1,049 assists in 1,767 games.
With 23 contests remaining on the Devils' regular season slate, Jagr, who has 1,737 career points, also has a shot to overtake Steve Yzerman, who checks in at sixth all-time with 1,755 points. It would take a strong finish on Jagr's part to get there, however.
Were it not for a three-season stint in Russia's KHL with Omsk Avangard between 2008-09 and 2010-11, in which he played 155 games and notched 66 goals and 79 assists, Jagr would be well past the above marks.
Given his current level of production, it's easy to imagine the five-time NHL scoring leader sticking around next season and taking aim at additional milestones during the 2014-15 campaign.
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