Jaromir Jagr figured he deserved a raise following his successful comeback season in the NHL.
And he got it Tuesday from an unlikely source.
Jagr signed a one-year, $4.55 million deal with the Dallas Stars, a nice little bump in salary of $1.25 million over what he made last season with the Philadelphia Flyers. The 40-year-old Czech winger performed better than many expected -- he had 19 goals and 35 assists in 73 games with the Flyers -- after a three-year spell with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
"Jaromir Jagr is, without a doubt, one of the best players in the history of this league, and he demonstrated last season that he remains incredibly skilled, productive and valuable," Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "We see him fitting into our top two lines and contributing heavily to our offensive attack. We're very excited about adding a player of Jaromir's caliber to our club."
Despite his advanced age, Jagr gives the Stars some much-needed star power that could translate into more butts in the seats. He's eighth on the NHL's career scoring list with 1,653 points, 11th in goals (665) and 12th in assists (988), won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1999 and was a finalists five other times, and won the Stanley Cup on two occasions with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Nieuwendyk has been busy in the last few days, adding Jagr, fellow 40-something forward Ray Whitney and defenceman Aaron Rome through free agency while acquiring centre Derek Roy in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres that sent Steve Ott and Adam Pardy the other way.