By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
84 games. That’s all the time Jaromir Jagr spent as a Philadelphia Flyer. Now that his NHL career seems to have come to an end after 27 years, it’s time to reflect back on his time in orange and black.
Jagr’s NHL career was believed to be over after the 2007-08 season as he said he wanted to finish his career in Russia. But after a three year absence, he expressed his interest in an NHL return. While multiple teams expressed interest back, including the Edmonton Oilers and his former team the Pittsburgh Penguins, he chose to ink a one year, 3.3 million dollar deal with the Flyers. What followed was a season of records for Jagr and multiple career years for members of the Flyers roster.
Jagr recorded career point number 1,600 in his debut for the Flyers on October 6, 2011, and his first goal in the orange and black came two weeks later on October 24. Overall he managed to score 19 goals and 54 points in the regular season, plus eight points in the playoffs.
Jagr’s time with the Flyers wasn’t just an individual success– it was also a benefit to his linemates. Spending most of the season on the top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, he helped both of them have career years. Giroux amassed 28 goals and 93 points, both career highs, and was considered for the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player. Meanwhile, Hartnell registered 37 goals and 67 points, also career highs for him.
While Jagr’s NHL career went on for another seven and a half years in multiple other cities, Philly fans can look back on his time as a Flyer fondly. His presence on the roster lead to one of the most enjoyable seasons and playoffs in recent memory.
He finishes second all-time in NHL history in points with 1,921, third in goals with 766, fifth in assists with 1,155, and third in games played at 1,733. Jagr is easily the best player of our generation, and we as Flyers fans should feel honored we had a chance to witness part of his career up close.
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