The New Jersey Devils have completed the signing of two-time Stanley Cup winner Jaromir Jagr less than two weeks after Ilya Kovalchuk left the club.
Kovalchuk departed the Devils in order to return to play in Russia, his native country, leaving the club needing to fill a fairly prominent void.
Few would argue that new recruit Jagr is past his prime, but the 41-year-old is vastly experienced in the NHL, and has pedigree that is second to none.
New Jersey Devils' general manager Lou Lamoriello was pleased with his capture of the man who has scored countless goals over the years, and believes he has plenty left to give.
''We know where he is in his career. He brings something. Everyone who has played with him the last couple of years and also the coaches have been complimentary toward everything he has done. There is no question he can help us on the power play," Lamoriello said to the Associated Press.
''He is a well-conditioned athlete and we are happy with what he is going to bring.
''I watched him play the last couple of years and I have never seen someone work so hard."
Jagr spent last season at two clubs, spending time with the Dallas Stars and the Boston Bruins.
During his time at the respective sides he scored a total of 16 goals in 45 games, also contributing 19 assists.
The forthcoming season will be Jagr's 20th in the NHL where he has amassed an incredible record of 681 goals and 1,007 assists in 1,391 professional games.
Aside from the departure of Kovlachuk, the New Jersey Devils have also lost David Clarkson to Toronto on a free, but manager Lamoriello has declared: "We like our team right now."
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