Jagr returning to Devils in '14-15

 

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Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaromir Jagr will remain with the New Jersey Devils for another season.

The future Hall of Fame forward signed a new contract with the club on Wednesday. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

"I know I play the best hockey when I'm happy, and we had a good group of guys," Jagr said on a conference call. "I was getting ice time and I like to play a lot. I don't get tired much, so I really enjoy that. It was a loose atmosphere; we work hard, but there's not one bad guy on our team.

"Maybe we need one or two [bad guys] to make the playoffs."

Jagr, who is presently preparing to participate in the upcoming IIHF World Championships, was also named a finalist for the 2013-14 Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy on Wednesday. This award is given "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

The 42-year-old previously signed a one-year deal with New Jersey last July and led the Devils with 67 points, tallying 24 goals and 43 assists while appearing in all 82 games. The point total was Jagr's highest in three seasons since coming back to the NHL in 2011 following a three-year stint in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

Jagr also recorded his 700th career goal last season and stands seventh on the NHL's all-time list with 705 markers, while his 1,755 points are tied for sixth-best in league history.

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