Speculation is growing over the future of star forward Jaromír Jágr with the Calgary Flames in the NHL following a report on Saturday by Sportsnet's Eliotte Friedman that the Flames management had given Jágr's agent Peter Svoboda permission to find an apparent "exit" for the player from the franchise.
The story was also reported by The Hockey News on Monday.
Jágr, a future Hall of Famer and second-most productive player in the history of the NHL (second only to Wayne Gretzky), has suffered from a groin and knee injury and only picked up seven points so far this season. It is unclear whether Jágr, 45, at this point would be able to secure another contract in the NHL although there is reportedly European interest and the player could return to play one last time for the Czech national squad at the upcoming Winter Olympics. Or return to play for his hometown team HC Kladno, a club he owns.
The legendary forward, who has two Stanley Cup rings, won Olympic gold with the Czech team at Nagano in 1998, where the Czechs defeated the US, Canada and Russia in the knock-out stages.
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