Update - 1:19 p.m.: On Jagr, Lou Lamoriello said, "It's all rumors right now. If we have anything to report, we'll do that."
Only a couple of days ago, Jagr was seen touring the Prudential Center with Lou Lamoriello.
“If we can make our team better, we will. It’s as simple as that,” Lamoriello said when asked about trades in general.
The Devils currently have over $9 million dollars left in cap space. Jagr’s salary in the 2012-2013 season was around $4.5 million.
Jagr has most recently played with the Bruins, but has also been a member of the Capitals, Rangers, Flyers, Stars and Penguins, with breaks in between to play in the Czech Republic, the KHL and the Russian Super League.
I said it yesterday and it bears repeating: this is a good move by the Devils. There were only a couple options on the free-agent market to replace Ilya Kovalchuk (in position only). There's Jagr, Brad Boyes and Damien Brunner. Obviously Jagr's a tad bit older than the other two, but both Boyes and Brunner are likely seeking longer deals worth more money. Why invest those sort of resources into a position when you can get a similar output for one year from Jagr and then start over next summer? I think this is a really, really smart deal for Lou -- assuming the money isn't out of whack -- and I think Jagr will seriously help the Devils this season. He'll make them better on the power play and help with their puck possession along the wall. Plus, Adam Henrique and the "next generation" of Devils will get to learn from a true hockey lifer and someone who literally breathes the game. I know he might be a little old and his wheels are definitely rusted at this point, but the Devils were desperate for outside help at right wing. Jagr might be the best option available.