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Jagr says deal in place to return to Devils: report

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 7:53 PM / News

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Jagr says deal in place to return to Devils: report
Devils forward Jaromir Jagr said Tuesday he has a deal in place to return for the 2014-15 season, according to Zdenek Janda of iSport.cz and Roman Jedlicka of TV NOVA Sport in the Czech Republic.

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr said Tuesday he has a deal in place to return for the 2014-15 season, according to Zdenek Janda of iSport.cz and Roman Jedlicka of TV NOVA Sport in the Czech Republic, where Jagr is training for the upcoming IIHF World Championship.

"It's close but there is nothing signed," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told NJ.com Tuesday. "We don't say anything officially until everything is signed and sealed. It is close and I feel it will get done."

Jagr led the Devils in scoring in his first season with the team with 67 points (24 goals). He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"All you can go on is what he continued to say and certainly what he told me in meetings," Lamoriello said. "So you felt that. But until something is finalized you never know. He was extremely happy here from every indication. He had success. He certainly was an asset. He played extremely well."

Jagr turned 42 on Feb. 15 and had his best statistics since returning from a three-season stint in the Kontinental Hockey League. He eclipsed 700 NHL goals and finished the season tied with Steve Yzerman for sixth on the League's all-time scoring list with 1,755 points.

"He loved his time there last year and that's where he wants to be," agent Petr Svoboda said.

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