Thursday, May 12, 2011

Where Are They Now: Jaromir Jagr

Apparently, he's still alive. And by still alive, I mean still playing hockey at a very high level. After 18 years in the National Hockey League, Jagr took his talents to the East Urals. He's currently the captain Avangard Omsk, a KHL team located in the center of Russia.

Jagr, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, one-time MVP, and five-time NHL leading point scorer, is 39 years old. Still, Jagr consistently displays solid play and occasionally shows flashes of his former greatness. In the 2010 Olympics, he netted 2 goals and 1 assist against the world's most skilled players. In his most recent game, he taught the young American players a few lessons in the World Championships. The man can still skate and score. And he sure still can take a hit.

Jagr appears quite content in Russia, and in fact renewed his contract with Avangard Omsk for another year after it expired in 2010. He's made about $5 million per year in his three years with the team. Still, reports have surfaced that Jagr is in contact with the Pittsburgh Penguin's front office.

How fun would it be to see this guy come back to the NHL, just for one more season?

One thing is for sure: if it happens, it will definitely be better than Peter Forsberg's comeback.

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