New Jersey Devils Stop Offseason Bleeding with Jaromir Jagr Signing

July 22nd, 2013 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »

The next stop on Jaromir Jagr's tour around the NHL will be New Jersey.

The Devils have reportedly signed the future Hall of Fame forward to a one-year contract, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, becoming the seventh NHL franchise to employ the two-time Stanley Cup champion.

Regardless of the finances involved, this was a move that general manager Lou Lamoriello had to make.

After losing superstar winger Ilya Kovalchuk to retirement despite being in the prime of his career, in addition to the free-agency departure of top-six winger David Clarkson, the Devils offense had been severely weakened and badly needed to be upgraded in any way possible.

Kovalchuk and Clarkson finished second and third on the team in scoring last year, respectively, while also ranking T-3rd and first in goals scored, respectively. Even with these two players, New Jersey ranked 28th in goals scored and 21st in power-play percentage in the shortened 2013 season.

Jagr cannot be expected to replace their scoring by himself, but he does give head coach Pete DeBoer another top-six winger capable of providing consistent ...

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