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Making His Mark in the History Books

Jaromir Jagr, the 41 year old forward from the Czech Republic does it again. Scoring his 692nd career goal tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Not only is this Jagr's 692nd goal, this goal also ties Steve Yzerman for 8th most career goals in the NHL.

Jaromir Jagr was drafted first round back in 1990 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. His rookie year, Jagr scored 27 goals as well as acquiring 30 assists. Not only did the young Jagr get the experience of playing with the great Mario Lemieux, he also got the luxury of hoisting the Stanley Cup. Twice. Jagr was a tremendous asset to the Penguins, not only in the regular season but also in the post season. His rookie playoff goals and assists were quite the contribution in allowing the Penguins to win the Cup. 

Unable to find his scoring touch, as well as Mario Lemieux coming out of retirement, the Pittsburgh Penguins decided that they would not be able to compromise Jagr as well as his salary. Thus, in mid July of 2001, Jagr was traded to the Washington Capitals.

Upon his arrival in Washington, Jagr was signed to a seven year, $11 million contract. Jagr would not however play for Washington for seven years. Late January 2004, Jagr was traded to the New York Rangers. The Capitals agreed to pay Jagr $4 million per year. It was also agreed that $1 million would be suspended per year for the remainder of his contract.

Jagr would play for the Rangers for roughly four seasons. On July 3, 2008, Rangers General Manager informed Jagr that they would be moving on without him. Resulting in, for the first time in his life, a free agent. Jagr would spend three years playing for Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

It wasn't until July of 2011 that Jagr would return to the NHL, signing a one-year $3.3 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. After his contract was up, Jagr then went and played for the Dallas Stars, only to be traded on April 2, 2013 to the Boston Bruins. After the 2012-13 season was up, Jagr decided to a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils. 

He is clearing a living legend. Breaking and setting multiple NHL records as well as many records with the Pittsburgh Penguins as well as the New York Rangers. He is undoubtably making his mark in the history books.

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