Jaromir Jagr‘s 2011-2012 Flyers campaign was by far not his most productive in terms of point production, but he brought a lot of qualities to the team that can’t be seen on paper. Jagr was not signed to a one year $3.3 million deal to replicate his torrid point scoring years in the ’90′s. He was brought in, for the most part, to guide a very young group of forwards. I believe he did just that by helping G have his breakout season in terms of points and by holding extra practices or “Jagr Camps” in Voorhees. Jagr brought that intangible leadership quality to a locker room that lost its Captain early in the year. It also must be said that Jagr did chip in with some offense. He posted a 19/35/54 stat line this season. Not bad for a 40 year old.
When Jagr was healthy last season he was very productive. That is the problem right there though as its hard to tell how healthy he will stay this year. Maybe he just needed a season to re-adjust to the rigorous NHL schedule. Odds are that’s not that the case though and he is likely just wearing down after a long career. It is not in the least a bad idea to sign him to a one year deal for a lower salary then his $3.3 million he got this year though. If he would take a deal for around $2 million I think it’s a low risk high reward type deal. It is necessary to have veterans like him in a locker room full of young players. His presence is especially important if Pronger does not return as the veteran leadership on the team would be slim. As Jagr has said before he just wants to know he’ll be an intricate part of the team so I believe he would take a lower salary to return to a team he thoroughly enjoyed playing with this season.