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April 3, 2017 | 2:47pm ET
Jagr will take time before deciding future

Jaromir Jagr has indicated that if his health holds up, he wants to play in the NHL until he's 50-year-olds.

The 45-year-old is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and plans on taking his time before making any decisions about his plans for the 2017-18 campaign.

"We'll wait for the season to end," Jagr told reporters on Monday, as quoted by the Miami Herald.

"The way I look at it, we're already playing for the future right now. I love the game, still want to be better every day I step on the ice. Nothing has changed in the 20-something years I have played hockey.

"The drive is still there, in my mind, I still believe I can get better. We'll wait and see what happens."

Jagr is coming off of three consecutive one-year contracts, two with the Panthers. He's earned a base salary of $4 million this season, with another $1.515 million in performance bonuses, of which $1.5 million have been achieved.

He's indicated that he would like to re-sign in Florida, if he's able to do so.

"The organization was so good to me; gave me a chance, traded for me, put me with good and talented players the past few years here," he said. "I love it, love it here. Nothing has changed. Other than not making the playoffs, nothing has changed."


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