Report: Jaromir Jagr hints at potential role with NHL team.
Jaromir Jagr has yet to find a new home for the next season. Even though almost a month and a half has gone by since the opening of the free agent market, the 45-year-old forward is still without a new contract, and it turns out finding a new job is much harder than he thought.
In an interview with NHL.com's Michael Langr, the living legend acknowledged that he might have to take a different role if he hopes to play in the NHL again:
"I know very well I'm not the same player like 10 or 15 years ago when I was able to win games by myself. It's up to the coach what position he wants to use me. Maybe it would be even better for me if I played on a second or third line because I would play against worse players and worse defensemen. I didn't have as much luck in my entire career, I always had to face the top defensemen. Even in Florida, I always played against the best, which was always very tough."
He also admitted that it has been difficult to prepare for the coming season, since his future is rather uncertain.
"The most important is desire and drive. But this situation is a little uncomfortable when I don't know what's going to happen, and also when is the season going to start for me, because the season in Europe starts one month earlier (than the NHL season)."
The Czech forward recorded 46 points in 82 games last season, and 66 in 79 games in 2015-16. He played a total of 1711 matchs in the NHL, in which he recorded 765 goals and 1149 assists for 1914 points.