Jaromir Jagr returning to Florida Panthers on 1-year deal
FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2016, file photo, Florida Panthers' Jaromir Jagr, of the Czech Republic, plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. Jaromir Jagr is returning to the Panthers. The 44-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract to return to the club. The team announced the agreement Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Jaromir Jagr is returning to the Florida Panthers.
The 44-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract to return to the club. The team announced the agreement Thursday.
Jagr had a team-best 66 points this season. The Panthers won the Atlantic Division title and set franchise records for points and wins, before falling in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Islanders.
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Jagr is a finalist for this year's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Next season will be Jagr's 23rd in the NHL. He enters next season with 1,868 points, putting him 19 away from tying Mark Messier for second in NHL history.