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The New Jersey Devils were left with a need for a scoring winger when Ilya Kovalchuk suddenly retired from the NHL and dipped into the free agent market for the most accomplished scoring winger available. Early Wynn Jersey . Numbers Game breaks down the Devils deal with Jaromir Jagr. The Devils Get: RW Jaromir Jagr. Jagr, 41, has been a productive offensive player since returning to the NHL at the start of the 2011-2012 season, scoring 89 points in 118 games. His puck possession numbers have been strong too, ranking 41st among forwards that played at least 1500 five-on-five minutes over the last two seasons. Hes slower, as one might expect from a 41-year-old winger, but hes still a 240-pound winger who can protect the puck and control play in the offensive zone. Criticism of Jagr, at this point, is most likely going to centre around his failure to score a single goal in 22 playoff games for the Boston Bruins, setting a single-season playoff record for the most recorded shots on goal (58) without scoring. He created chances, had 10 assists and was among the Bruins possession leaders in the postseason, but that zero in the goal column is an ugly number for a player who leads all active players with 681 career regular season goals, to go along with 78 career playoff tallies. While Jagr is a far cry from the dominant offensive performer that he was from 1991 through 2007, when he scored 1471 points in 1111 games (his 1.32 points per game the best in hockey over that span), he remains an effective scoring forward and has an opportunity to play a significant role with the Devils. When Ilya Kovalchuk abruptly retired from the NHL earlier this month, that left the Devils with a big opening for a scoring winger and while Jagr isnt capable of playing 24 minutes a night, like Kovalchuk has for the past couple seasons, Jagr can play 18 minutes a night on one of the top two lines as well as the power play. For whatever it may be worth -- maybe nothing, maybe slightly better chemistry -- the Devils power play will include a couple of Jagrs Czech countrymen, Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky. With Jagr in the fold, the Devils have a decent group of top six forwards, including Elias and free agent additions Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder on the wings, with Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique occupying the top two centre spots, though Andrei Loktionov could warrant a look in a scoring role too. Once the Bruins had traded for Loui Eriksson and signed Jarome Iginla as a free agent, there wasnt a fit for Jagr on Bostons top two lines, so he moves on, to his fourth team since returning to the NHL in 2011. Whats more, if the Devils cant rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign and get back into the playoff picture, then Jagr could be on the move again around the trade deadline, where he would at least bring a draft pick in return, which is significant to New Jersey since they are required to forfeit their first-round selection as a penalty for the initial contract they signed with Kovalchuk. Thats a fall-back position, because the Devils would rather have Jagr play a role in getting them back to the postseason, but that asset management cant be ignored as a factor in getting Jagr inked to a one-year deal. With Kovalchuk gone and the free agent frenzy having died down, the Devils made the best of their situation. We dont have the salary numbers on Jagr yet but, because its a one-year deal, the investment shouldnt be problematic and gives them a reasonable replacement for Kovalchuk who may be 11 years older but, because of that, doesnt require anywhere near the same kind of financial commitment. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Bill Melton Jersey . Philadelphia is 2-0 against the Senators this season and scored five goals in each victory. The Flyers recorded a 5-0 win in Ottawa on Nov. 12 and then earned a 5-2 home decision on Nov. 19. 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SUZUKA, Japan -- Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg put himself in the best possible position to widen his lead over Formula One title rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton by securing pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix.Rosberg clocked a time of 1 minute, 30.647 seconds on his final flying lap at the Suzuka circuit to beat Hamilton by just a hundredth of a second.Things have been going well all weekend, said Rosberg, who topped all three practice sessions as well. We had good balance in the car, I was feeling comfortable and thats what allowed me to put in a lap like that.Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen was a close third followed by teammate Sebastian Vettel, who takes a three-place grid penalty hanging over from last weekends Malaysian Grand Prix and will start seventh.Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo qualified fifth and sixth.With five races remaining, Rosberg holdds a 23-point lead over Hamilton, who is seeking a third straight victory in Japan. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic. Hamilton will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of Malaysia where his engine failed while he was leading the race.Im happy with qualifying, Hamilton said. Its been a week of a lot of work to get the car right and there were some big changes so considering that I am happy to be as close as I am. History has shown that you dont have to be on pole here to win.Rosberg started the previous two races at Suzuka from pole position only to be overtaken by Hamilton.Force Indias Sergio Perez was seventh fastest and Haas driver Romain Grosjean was eighth, just ahead of the second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg. Esteban Gutierrez of Haas rounded out the top 10. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '