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Jaromir Jagr has been placed on waivers: reports

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Calgary Flames looks on against the Washington Capitals during the third period at Capital One Arena on November 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Jaromir Jagr has been placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames, according to multiple reports.

The move is the “next step,” as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman put it, in the process of allowing Jagr to explore other options around the league. If no team claims Jagr, he will be placed on unconditional waivers with the purpose of terminating his contract, according to the Associated Press.

The 45-year-old veteran of 1,733 games hasn’t played since New Year’s Eve due to what the team is calling a lower-body injury. Jagr is 38 games shy of Gordie Howe’s all-time games played record.

Another tweet from Friedman said Jagr is likely heading to Kladno in his home country, the Czech Republic.

Back on Jan. 7, Friedman reported that Jagr’s days in Calgary were numbered.

“There is a certain amount of respect that he has earned and deserves to have and Calgary is trying to give it to him,” Friedman said during Saturday Headlines on Hockey Night in Canada that night.

“His agent, Petr Svoboda, has been given permission to talk to every other team in the league to see if there’s a fit for him. At this time there isn’t.”

Jagr signed a one-year deal worth a cool $1 million with the Flames on Oct. 4. He has one goal and six assists in 22 games.

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck