After a week or so of either sitting out or skating on his own, the legendary Czech forward practiced at AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark on Tuesday. He skated with a group that won't be in Philadelphia for New Jersey's pre-season game against the Flyers Tuesday night. His status is still unclear for New Jersey's pre-season finale against the Flyers in Newark on Thursday.
Jagr told reporters that he suffered from injuries to back and hip muscles, and believes it happened during his 15-hour flight from the Czech Republic. He said his goal, whether he plays on Thursday or not, is to be ready for the team's season opener on Oct. 3 in Pittsburgh.
The 41-year-old legend signed a one-year, $4 million deal with New Jersey during the off-season, which includes $2 million guaranteed and $2 million in incentives should he play 40 or more games. Jagr has 681 career goals and 1,688 points, good for 10th and eighth all-time, respectively.