Rangers Captain Jaromir Jagr Unsure of Future
Rest and Uncertainty. That's all that remain on the mind of Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr.
The 36 year old winger becomes an unrestricted free agent this off-season and it is unknown if he will come back to the Rangers, much less if the Rangers will even want him back.
Jagr, in his 16th season, posted 71 points in 82 games this year, a sub-par year by his standards. He dialed his performance up a notch in the playoffs, however, leading the playoffs through two rounds with 15 points.
Jagr has a few options. He could return for a 17th NHL season, though it may not be with the Rangers. He could play in Russia, where he played during the lockout 2004-2005 season. Or he could play back in his home country of the Czech Republic. He has made it known that he has a desire to skate there before he hangs it up for good.
If Jagr doesn't return to the NHL, what is his legacy? What will he have left behind?
Well, for one, he will be remembered as one of the five or six greatest offensive players ever. His 1,599 points in 1,273 games puts him ninth all-time. He combined good skating ability with tremendous size and vision, making himself a threat to score or create a highlight reel goal at any moment.
He and Mario Lemieux united to become one of the NHL's most potent all-time duo's and put themselves in a class with Gretzky/Messier, later joined by Sakic/Forsberg.
He also leaves behind that god awful curly perm mullet that would dangle from the back of his helmet. No one made the mullet look worse.
All joking aside, if Jagr leaves the game, he'll have left near the top with the respect of everyone in the game. He'll have left knowing that he could still bring his A-game and he'll walk out as one of the greatest scorers to lace up a pair of skates.
I've never been a fan, but if this is the end of the line then allow me to say "Thank you, Jags."
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