Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Updated: July 4, 2:38 PM ET
Jaromir Jagr signs deal with Stars
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Jaromir Jagr has signed a one-year, $4.55 million contract with the Dallas Stars.
"I want to thank Dallas Stars for giving me the opportunity.Say hallo to my new teammates and fans.Hopefully we can make together big things," Jagr tweeted later Tuesday.
Jagr, 40, spent last season with Philadelphia Flyers, scoring 19 goals and 54 points. He is the latest acquisition in what already has been a busy offseason for the Stars, who also have added Derek Roy,
Ray Whitney and
"Jaromir Jagr is, without a doubt, one of the best players in the history of this league, and he demonstrated last season that he remains incredibly skilled, productive and valuable," Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "We see him fitting into our top two lines and contributing heavily to our offensive attack. We're very excited about adding a player of Jaromir's caliber to our club."
An 18-year veteran, Jagr should bolster Dallas' power play, which converted an NHL-worst 13.5 percent of its opportunities this past season. The right wing had eight goals and 12 assists on the power play in 2011-12 and has 189 career power-play goals.
"I don't think there's any question he still has game in the tank," Nieuwendyk said on a conference call. "He had a terrific season with Philadelphia."
Prior to his one season in Philadelphia, Jagr spent three seasons with Avangard Omsk in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. The Czech native had drawn interest from multiple teams this summer as an unrestricted free agent.
Jagr leads all active NHL players in career goals (665) and assists (988). The former Hart Trophy winner is a nine-time All-Star and five-time Art Ross Trophy winner.
"He's still a world-class player," Nieuwendyk said. "For us to bring a player like that to our franchise is a big deal."
Jagr teamed with Mario Lemieux to help lead the Penguins win a pair of Stanley Cup championships as a teenager in his first two NHL seasons in 1991 and 1992. He won an MVP award in 1999.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.