Devils' Jaromir Jagr Joins NHL's Exclusive 700-Goal Club

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Devils' Jaromir Jagr Joins NHL's Exclusive 700-Goal Club
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New Jersey Devils winger Jaromir Jagr became a member of the NHL's 700-goal club Saturday, scoring his milestone mark in the second period of a 6-1 romp over the New York Islanders.

Jagr joins an exclusive club consisting of just six other other players: Wayne Gretzky (894 goals), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708).

If Jagr continues at his current pace—19 goals in 61 games—he'll finish the 2013-14 season with 707 career goals, leaving him just one short of Gartner for sixth place on the NHL's all-time list. While the 42-year-old Czech winger won't necessarily catch Gartner this season, he should pass the Hall of Famer in 2014-15, at the very least.

Jagr hasn't officially confirmed that he'll be back next year, but it seems likely, given that he leads the Devils with 52 points this season and has a number of milestones well within reach.

He would have a shot to move as high as third on the all-time goals list next year, although passing Hull's 742 marks would be a bit on the ambitious side.

Jagr would also be able to work his way up the points and assists rankings, as he currently sits seventh in the first category and tied for ninth in the second. There are just 23 assists standing between Jagr (1,040) and seventh-place Steve Yzerman (1,063), and only 58 points between Jagr (1,740) and fourth-place Rob Francis (1,798). With a decent finish this season, Jagr would have both Yzerman and Francis in his sights.

The milestones alone may not be reason enough to come back for another year, but Jagr can clearly still play and surely doesn't mind cementing his place in NHL history. Most importantly, he'd like to win a Stanley Cup for the first time since 1992, when he took his second of back-to-back championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

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