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The Philadelphia Flyers continue to surprise, signing 39-year old Czech winger Jaromir Jagr to a one-year, 3.3 million dollar contract. After all of the changes made to this team during the past few weeks, this is one move that is sure to provide some consistency and some reliable offense. Throughout his career, Jagr has been a point-per-game player on every team he has played. His work ethic has improved, his attitude has improved, and his understanding of the game has improved.
While he most certainly is not the explosive skater and the scoring demon he once was, Jagr still has one of the best pairs of hands in the world. He showed he can still play with the best at the World Championships, and I expect that success to continue in Philadelphia. He'll most likely be put on a line with Claude Giroux and James van Reimsdyk, which could wind up as one of the most dominant lines in the Atlantic Division.
I expect Jagr to net between 20 and 28 goals, and total between 50 and 75 points in 2011-2012. Great signing by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
Jagr, even at 39, is a top 6 forward in the NHL. He's demonstrated that he's more than capable of playing against the best in the world at the World Championships, and his cap hit is a very manageable 3.3 million dollars. Some may say the price was too high, but on a Flyers team that desperately needs some offensive consistency, Jagr is one of the two best options available (along with B. Richards).