The Calgary Flames made headlines on Monday when they signed the aging wonder Jaromir Jagr, to a one year contract worth $1 million plus bonuses. Even though the signing has not officially been completed yet because there are immigration details that need to be dealt with, it is very likely that Jagr will play for a Canadian team in the NHL for the first time in his hall of fame career.
According to TSN on Tuesday, Jagr said that this will be his final season. Don’t buy it. He said last year he wants to play until 50. What we do know is that Jagr can still play at the age of 45 and there is a space for him on the Flames number one line alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
There is no doubt that Jagr’s numbers took a little bit of a decline last year. His production dropped from 66 points to 46 points. However, Jagr is still averaging a little more than one point every two games and his size of 6’3”, 230 pounds continues to make him one of the most intimidating wingers to ever play in the National Hockey League.
Jagr would be a clear upgrade on Calgary’s top line where Micheal Ferland will be temporarily. Now the Flames will have to decide where to put another one of their rugged wingers in Ferland, who is better suited to play left wing rather than right wing. One area where Ferland deserves high praise has been his ability to control his aggression. Since getting 23 penalty minutes in nine games for the Flames in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, he has only had 95 penalty minutes in 147 regular season games. Ferland’s ability to control his actions will allow Glen Gulutzan to play him with confidence anywhere in Calgary’s lineup.
For the time being, expect Jagr to be the short term solution on Calgary’s number one line and Ferland to drop down on Calgary’s checking lines. Then once Jagr gets hurt or retires, do not be surprised if Ferland makes his way up the Flames depth chart again.