In the latest development in a story that continues to unfold, the Calgary Flames have placed legendary forward Jaromir Jagr on waivers.
As we discussed yesterday, it’s been reported by Czech Republic outlet Denik Sport that Jagr will be headed to the team he owns, Rytiri Kladno, later this week. This move is the first step towards making that a reality.
Hearing Jaromir Jagr will be on waivers at noon ET today…understand he and the Flames are working together on this. Jagr wants to resume his career and this is the next step
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 28, 2018
Jagr, 45, signed with the Flames back on Oct. 3 and suited up for 22 games. Unfortunately, a combination of age, not having a full training camp (and perhaps rushing into game action), and the speed of the current NHL game made him less effective than everyone involved probably would have liked. He had one goal and seven points while playing primarily a bottom six role with the Flames.
Jaromir Jagr has his first as a Calgary Flame! pic.twitter.com/a1F5C78eGB
— Mike Pfeil (@mikeFAIL) November 10, 2017
Jagr clearing waivers could be a precursor to unconditional waivers tomorrow, which would be followed by a contract termination, or merely a step towards the Flames loaning him to Kladno, which would maintain their ability to bring him back for the playoffs. If he’s terminated, the Flames would free up a contract spot and free up the cap space for the remainder of his contract. If he’s loaned, it’s likely that the Flames would be on the hook for some (if not all) of the rest of his contract.
We’ll have more on this as it develops. Jagr’s immediate future will become clear by midday on Monday.