The biggest free agent signing of the day was also the one of the oldest free agents left on the market.
On Tuesday it was announced that the Dallas Stars have signed Jaromir Jagr to a one year del worth $4.55 million.
Jagr had a very solid year last season recording 54 points in 73 games and showed the hockey world he still has something left in the tank after playing in the Kontinental Hockey League for three years.
Jagr now joins Ray Whitney as the two top six forwards the Stars signed in free agency. The Stars two prolific offensive acquisitions are a combined 80 years of age.
Dallas did pick up Derek Roy from Buffalo via a trade earlier in the week and acquired Cody Eakin and a second round pick for Mike Ribeiro in a trade with Washington, but it just seems a little strange that the Stars feel they have to win now, rather than going through a bit of a transitional youth movement. Don’t forget. Dallas has not made the playoffs now since 2008.
But at the end of the day, the acquisitions by General Manger Joe Nieuwendyk does make some sense. Unlike Edmonton, the Stars are not in a hockey first market, rather a hockey eighth market, and the team needs to show their fans that they are competitive annually to stay afloat.