Is it time for Jagr to retire?
Jaromir Jagr is without a doubt one of the greatest hockey players to ever hit the ice. His lethal combination of size and skill is reason he currently sits 3rd all time in career goals and points and 6th all time in assists. The ageless wonder has long defied the test of time and continued to be productive into his 40's. Just last year, at the age of 43, Jagr lead a young Florida Panthers team with 66 points in 79 games. It seemed as though the grey bearded, mullet haired man from Kladno, Czech Republic, was never glowing to slow down.
However over a month into the 2016-2017 season, Jagr's production has taken a steep nose dive. In 17 games he has just one goal and five points. Thats a 29-point pace over a full 82 games. Sure you blame Jagr's decline in production on injuries to key players in Florida's lineup including Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Huberdeau, but the fact is Jagr is well, well, well past his prime. That's not a knock against him, but hockey's a young mans game, and Jagr's a 44-year old veteran chasing around 18 kids who can skate circles around him.
So now that his production has slowed, it's time to start asking the question no one wants to ask: Is it time for Jagr to retire?
No one wants to see Jagr hang them up. He is one of the most beloved players in the games history. From his iconic mullet and Jagr salute, to his wacky sense of humor and undeniable skill, there's nothing not to like about number 68. However facts are facts, and what the facts are saying is that Jagr is no longer an impactful player. He is simply taking up a roster spot that would be better filled by a young, developing, prospect. Sure there still plenty of time for Jagr to turn this season around and prove me wrong, and I would love more than anyone to see that happen, but it's likely to happen. Right now it looks like this year will be Jagr's last.