Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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At 45, it might be the end of days for Jaromir Jagr in the NHL.

Jagr tweeted yesterday that he's getting zero interest in free agency, which starts tomorrow.

After 1,711 games, 765 goals and 1,149 assists, Jagr's NHL career could be over.

This isn't exactly a tragedy.

Jagr has made $161 million playing hockey.

He's played 23 NHL seasons.

He's No. 2 all-time in points, trailing only Wayne Gretzky.

This is not an unhappy ending.

And perhaps it's not the end. Maybe some team signs Jagr in the second wave of free agency.

But that team won't be the Penguins.

There's literally no place to put him.

No room at RW. The Penguins have Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel, Ryan Reaves, Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary.

No room on the power play. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin man the right side of that unit.

This isn't 25 years ago. Or even five years ago.

There isn't any time for nostalgia when you're trying to win a third straight Stanley Cup.

Jagr will have his number retired by the Penguins someday. That's his only remaining act in Pittsburgh.

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