DALLAS — Former Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jaromir Jagr has a new NHL home.
The Dallas Stars signed the five-time scoring champion and former league MVP to a $4.55 million, one-year contract Tuesday.
Dallas general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said the 40-year-old Czech forward still has plenty to offer the franchise.
“I don’t think there’s any question he still has game in the tank,” Nieuwendyk said on a conference call. “He had a terrific season with Philadelphia.”
Jagr had 19 goals and 54 points — both career lows — to rank third among Flyers in scoring and had eight points in 11 playoff games. He played in 73 games during the regular season in his return to the NHL after playing in Russia for three years, helping a young team that had dramatically changed its roster with his veteran leadership and his talent.
In NHL history, he ranks first with 16 overtime goals, second with 114 game-winning goals, eighth with 1,653 career points, 11th with 665 goals and 12th with 988 assists with Pittsburgh, Washington, the New York Rangers and Flyers. Jagr is first in goals, assists and points among active players.
“He’s still a world-class player,” Nieuwendyk said. “For us to bring a player like that to our franchise is a big deal.”
Jagr teamed with Mario Lemieux to help lead the Penguins win a pair of Stanley Cup championships as a teenager in his first two NHL seasons in 1991 and 1992. He won an MVP award in 1999.
Also, defenseman Bryce Salvador, a key cog in New Jersey’s run to the Stanley Cup finals, re-signed with the Devils.
Salvador, 36, who had four goals and 14 points in the postseason after a regular season in which he failed to find the net once, received a three-year deal, worth $9.5 million.
Teamed up with Marek Zidlicky, a midseason acquisition from Minnesota, Salvador found his groove in the playoffs, as the Devils defeated the Panthers, Flyers and Rangers en route to their first Eastern Conference title since 2003. He finished second behind Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty in postseason scoring among defensemen.
New Jersey, a No. 6 seed that went 14-10 in a surprising postseason run, has re-signed several components to the puzzle this week. In net, they brought back Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg. They also locked up the entire fourth line — a makeshift group put together at season’s end that found spring success and featured Ryan Carter, Steve Bernier and Stephen Gionta — as well as defenseman Peter Harrold, who was in and out of the lineup during the Devils’ four playoff series.
Left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky, a midseason acquisition from Carolina who scored an overtime winner vs. Philadelphia in Round 2, signed with Winnipeg, and forward Petr Sykora, in his second term as a Devil, remains unsigned.
Of course, the biggest name — forward Zach Parise — is still out there, as well. The Devils’ captain has received numerous offers, and is now back home in Minnesota, weighing his options.
Top-scoring defenseman Erik Johnson is staying with the Colorado Avalanche.
The team announced that it signed the 24-year-old restricted free agent to a four-year contract. The terms weren’t released.
Johnson led all Avalanche defensemen last season with 26 points in 73 games.
Ryan Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, told the AP that his client would not choose a team to play for on Tuesday.
Second-tier free agents such as defenseman Matt Carle and forward Alexander Semin seem to be waiting for Suter and Praise to sign so that they can offer their talents to teams that don’t get a top target.
Some players, however, have jumped at chances to re-sign or sign in the opening three days of free agency.