Jaromir Jagr is a hockey player you can’t help but root for at this stage of his career. At 45, Jagr is an unrestricted free agent who is searching for a new team. If he’s able to find a team and appear in 57 games, he’ll set the NHL record for most games played in league history.

With the veteran unsigned, rumors are swirling that he is eyeing a return to the KHL. Jagr skated in the KHL between 2008 and 2011, but he has spent the vast majority of his career in the NHL. He has already joked that no teams are calling him which added some fuel to the rumor fire, but there were never any concrete details surrounding the KHL speculation.

Jagr’s agent recently stated that the KHL rumors are false and (get excited, NHL fans) he’s currently speaking with several NHL teams about 2017-18.

That statement may not kill the rumors entirely, but it is exciting to know that the ageless Jagr is still garnering some interest around the NHL. And deservedly so. He put up a solid point total (46 points in 80 games) last season and offers valuable veteran experience and leadership that several teams should be interested in. With any luck, he’ll cruise past the record for most games in a career which is currently held by Gordie Howe and his record of 1,767 games.

The rumors won’t totally disappear until Jagr officially signs a new contract, but it sounds like that day may be coming in the very near future and won’t take place overseas.

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