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Jaromir Jagr placed on waivers by Flames

The end of the road is coming for a hockey legend.

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The Calgary Flames have placed forward Jaromir Jagr on waivers Sunday, reports TSN’s Bob McKenzie. His NHL career is likely over unless another team steps up to claim the forward, who is on a one-year, $1 million contract.

The other 30 teams will have until noon ET on Monday to decide whether to place claims on the future Hall of Famer. If he clears waivers, then the Flames will place Jagr on unconditional waivers — a different process — in order to mutually terminate his contract so he can pursue playing opportunities in Europe.

Jagr recorded just seven points in 22 games for the Flames this season before deciding at the end of December to part ways with the team. They’ve reportedly been working on an exit for weeks now, although it appears the 45-year-old isn’t ready to retire from playing hockey yet.

If Jagr finds no interest from the other 30 NHL teams, he can agree to mutual contract termination with the Flames that will allow him to freely make the next steps in his career. A move to his hometown team HC Kladno, where he played during the 2004 lockout, or to the KHL, where he played from 2009-11, seems possible.

If this is the end of the road for Jagr in the NHL, he will end his career ranked third in games played (1,733), third in goals (766), fifth in assists (1,155), and second in points (1,921) on the league’s all-time leaderboards.

At his peak in the 1990s and early 2000s with the Pittsburgh Penguins, he made seven straight All-Star teams, won four consecutive Art Ross Trophies, and earned a Hart Trophy. He also won Stanley Cups with the franchise in 1991 and 1992, and reached the conference finals in 1996 and 2001.

But it’s after leaving Pittsburgh, where he played 11 seasons, that Jagr put his remarkable longevity on display by playing another 17 seasons for 10 different teams. Eight of those teams were in the NHL, and he also played stints in Russia and the Czech Republic.

Even in his early 40s, when pretty much every other player is retired, Jagr was still producing for NHL teams. At age 41, he recorded 24 goals and 67 points for the New Jersey Devils. At age 43, he recorded 27 goals and 66 points for the Florida Panthers.

Those performances are why the Flames decided to bring Jagr in on a one-year, $1 million contract to see if he could help push the team over the top. However, it appears all those years finally caught up to the forward as he struggled with knee problems and ineffectiveness. With just one goal in 22 games, he’s on pace for the worst season of his career. We’ll have to see if any other NHL team deems him to be worth a low-risk flier for the stretch run.