Following the Florida Panther’s morning skate, Jaromir Jagr spoke to the media about his desire to continue playing.
“I still think I have at least seven years left in my body, to be honest with you,” the veteran winger said.
“I still feel like I can play the game and I love the game,” Jagr said. “It’s the most important thing. As long as I stay healthy, I feel like I can still produce and help anybody.”
In recent years, Jagr has been a bounty hunter, playing for any team that will provide him with adequate ice time and pay him a fair salary. The Panthers are interested in re-signing Jagr.
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The Panthers have acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Devils for a 2015 2nd round pick and a 2016 conditional third round pick. The Devils get to choose between the Panthers’ 2016 3rd round pick and the 2016 3rd round pick the Panthers acquired from the Wild in the Sean Bergenheim trade.
The Panthers will be Jagr’s eighth team in his career.
The Panthers currently sit two points behind the Bruins for the final wildcard spot in the East.
The Minnesota Wild have acquired Sean Bergenheim from the Wild along with a 2016 7th round pick for a 2016 3rd round pick.
Bergenheim has 8 goals and 10 assists in 39 games in 2014-15. He’s been held out of the Panthers lineup for several games after requesting a trade.
Personally, I believe Bergenheim will prove to be one of the more cost-effective additions before the trade deadline.
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Darren Dreger reports that while there’s some interest in Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul, though the Leafs have no offers that they want to pull the trigger on as of yet. Dreger says things could heat up closer to next Monday’s deadline.
Lupul has a modified no-trade clause where he has to supply a list of 14 teams he would accept a trade to. He’s signed for three seasons beyond 2014-15 at a cap-hit of $5.25 million.
The Fourth Period reports that Lupul has drawn the interest of the Canadiens, Capitals and Panthers.
Florida Sun-Sentinal’s Harvey Fialkov tweeted Monday that the Florida Panthers are reportedly interested in Toronto’s Phil Kessel, but not at the cost of one of their young stars.
Despite recent struggles and criticisms, Kessel is only 27 and has managed to post 21 goals and 26 assists in 57 games in 2014-15.
The Panthers are currently three points out of the second wild card spot and are expected to make a trade to bolster their chances of a playoff berth, assuming they remain in playoff contention.
George Richards of the Miami Herald reports that Sean Bergenheim is about to be traded.
Richards speculates that Bergenheim won’t fetch any more than a 3rd round pick — which would be a steal for any acquiring team.
Bergenheim, 31, has 8 goals and 10 assists in 39 games for the Panthers this season. He’s due to be a UFA after this season.
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The Florida Panthers have signed Nick Bjugstad to a $24.6 million / 6 year extension [4.1M per].
Bjugstad, 22, would have been an arbitration eligible RFA this summer. His new contract gives up one potential UFA season to the Panthers.
The sophomore center has 12 goals and 8 assists this season in 33 games with the Panthers.
Elliotte Friedman reports that Florida’s Drew Shore is being scouted more than normal.
Shore, 23, has 7 goals and 20 assists in 30 games with the Panther’s AHL affiliate this season. He becomes waiver eligible with two more NHL games played, or failing that, the start of the 2015-16 season.