(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Instead of hanging up his skates, Jaromir Jagr is returning to the NHL for his 21st season as he has informed the New Jersey Devils he will be returning next season.
One of the most decorated players in NHL history, Jagr was going to retire following this season. Jagr wound up leading the Devils in scoring with 24 goals and 43 assists for 67 points at the age of 42.
"I was happy being here," Jagr said on a conference call Wednesday. "There was no reason to change. There was no reason to test free agency. What would happen? Someone might give me more money, but nobody can guarantee me that I'd be happy someplace else. I'm happy, and there's no reason to go anywhere else. I play my best hockey when I'm happy."
Jagr is believed to have agreed on a one-year-deal with the Devils for $6 million.
Despite not playing in the NHL for four seasons since his debut in 1990, Jagr has scored 705 goals and 1,050 assists. His 1,755 points are good for sixth all-time and he has a shot to finish fourth on the all-time list after next season.
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