The Florida Panthers' season will soon come to an end, but Jaromir Jagr would like to be a part of things when their next season begins.
Since coming over in a trade with the New Jersey Devils, Jagr has been a force for Florida. The veteran has 14 points in only 18 games, including five goals. Jagr tried his best to keep the Panthers alive, but ultimately the team fell short and was recently eliminated.
In his 20-year career, Jagr has been one of the NHL's brightest stars and his recent play suggests that he still has more in the tank. Despite playing as a 43-year old in a sport known for its speed, Jagr holds his own and provides more production than players many years younger. In his time with Florida, Jagr has provided energy and experience.
Jagr made it known on Tuesday that playing for the Panthers has been a rewarding experience for him. He also referenced the aforementioned energy he has shown.
Jagr says Florida sun gives him more energy. Wants to come back. #flapanthers — Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) April 7, 2015
Jaromir Jagr says 'what's not to love?' about potential return to #FlaPanthers next season. Appears interest is mutual. — George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) April 7, 2015
While Florida will head home without a playoff berth, the team showed tremendous improvement this season. Following a dismal 2013-14 season, the Panthers fought hard and stayed in contention until nearly the end. Having Jagr around tor a full season could be a difference maker in the 2015-16 campaign.
The Panthers have interest in bringing Jagr back as well which makes a new contract all the more likely.