The Flyers shocked the hockey world this off-season when they signed free agent Jaromir Jagr.
Not only because he was the archenemy of Flyers fans for years or because he spent a few seasons away from the NHL. They were also shocked because Jagr was 39 years old.
Now, he's 40.
The first-year Flyer, in his 18th NHL season, turned 40 on Wednesday. Jagr has shown a little bit of wear and tear this season, missing eight games this season with a nagging groin injury. In 48 games this season, Jagr has scored 13 goals and 39 points. His 39 points are third on the team.
Jagr isn't the first hockey player to play after the age of 40, far from it. Gordie Howe even played until he was 51. Marc Recchi played until he was 42 and won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins, while scoring 34 goals in his final season.
Mark Messier scored 132 goals after turning 40 and Red Wings' Niklas Lidstrom is 41 and still going strong.
Jagr has already said he wants to return to the Flyers next season if he's able to play but won't sign another deal until after the season. He would turn 41 during next year's season. So ...
How much does Jagr have left in the tank?
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