5 weird things about Jaromir Jagr's trade to the Panthers
Jaromir Jagr is old. Obviously. The 43-year-old winger has spent more than half his life playing in the NHL.
The Devils traded Jagr to the Panthers on Thursday. It must have made him feel old. Jagr's first NHL season was three years before the Panthers joined the league.
The league's longest-tenured player joining one of its newer franchises produced a few interesting statistical anomalies. Here are five of the best.
1. Jagr's first NHL game came before 10 of his teammates were born. Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberbeau, Brandon Pirri, Vincent Trocheck, Garrett Wilson, Erik Gudbranson, Dmitry Kulikov, Alex Petrovic and Aaron Ekblad.
2. Ekblad is the youngest of Jagr's new teammates. He was born on Feb. 7, the same day Jagr scored a goal for the Penguins against the Devils. Jagr scored 135 goals before Ekblad was born. Or 134, depending on exactly when Jagr's goal went in.
3. Jagr may have started in the NHL before the Panthers were founded, but he's actually played 104 fewer games than the Florida franchise because he spent three years playing in Russia in the middle of his career.
4. Despite playing in fewer games, Jagr has 128 more wins than the Panthers franchise.
5. Because Jagr's teams won more games than the Panthers, they made the playoffs more often. Jagr has played in 202 playoff games in his career, while the Panthers have only played 38. Florida scored 94 goals in those games, while Jagr has scored or assisted on 121 playoff goals.
- Dan Gartland