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Jagr not ruling out NHL return: report

Forward, 46, playing in Czech Republic, 'would be more happy' in League

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Jaromir Jagr has not ruled out a return to the NHL, The New York Times reported.

The 46-year-old forward, who signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames on Oct. 4, had seven points (one goal, six assists) in 22 games with Calgary but was placed on and cleared waivers before being assigned to Kladno of the Czech 1 Liga on Jan. 29.

"I would be more happy if I was in the NHL now, but as a second option, this is the place I want to be," Jagr told the newspaper. "I got an opportunity and for whatever reason I didn't play my best and I got injured."

Jagr, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, ranks second in NHL points (1,921), trailing Wayne Gretzky (2,857), is third in goals (766) behind Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801), and is third in games played (1,733) behind Howe (1,767) and Mark Messier (1,756).

Jagr was voted one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian. He has 1,155 assists, 14 behind Ray Bourque for fourth in NHL history; Gretzky leads with 1,963. Jagr also is the all-time NHL leader with 135 game-winning goals.

Video: Jaromir Jagr second on NHL points list

Jagr has been dealing with a knee injury, which caused him to be placed on injured reserve by the Flames and miss time with Kladno, his hometown team. He has been Kladno's majority owner since 2011.

"I'm kind of practicing on my own slowly," Jagr said. "I want to get completely healthy and then see what happens. I don't want to retire yet. I can always play here. My plan is just to get healthy first and then see how far I can go."

Jagr won the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who selected him No. 5 in the 1990 NHL Draft, and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1990-91 after he had 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) in 80 games.

He won the 1999 Hart Trophy as NHL MVP, the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion five times (1995, 1998-2001), and the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey in 2016.

Jagr scored more than 20 goals in an NHL season 19 times, including each of his first 17 seasons, scored at least 30 goals 15 times, at least 40 goals six times, and at least 50 goals three times, including an NHL career-high 62 in 1995-96.

"There [are] not many [European] rinks NHL size," Jagr said. "I think we are the only one in the Czech Republic. So we can kind of play the NHL style. I did it for myself too. So I can play a little longer. It's my team, so I've got to do it."

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