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Reports: Jagr returning to Devils

Jaromir Jagr has an agreement for a 1-year contract with New Jersey in what will be his 21st NHL season.

JAROMIR JAGR has an agreement to return to the New Jersey Devils next season, according to multiple reports.

Jagr, 42, is seventh on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list with 705. He also has 1,050 career assists for 1,755 points. This season, he was the Devils leading scorer with 67 points (24 goals).

The contract reportedly will be for 1 year and for between $5 million and $6 million.

Jagr's agent, former Flyers defenseman Petr Svoboda, told the Newark Star-Ledger that the deal will become official soon.

"The deal is very, very close, but it's not finalized yet,'' Svoboda told the newspaper.

Jagr has played 20 seasons in the NHL, the first 11 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He spent the 2011-12 season with the Flyers.


* The Florida Panthers parted ways with interim coach Peter Horachek.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said the dismissal was effective immediately. Horachek replaced Kevin Dineen as coach on Nov. 8, and Florida went 26-36-4 under him.

Horachek had been the coach of Florida's AHL affiliate in San Antonio before being summoned to lead the Panthers.

Florida finished with the second-lowest point total in the NHL this season and missed the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 seasons.

The Panthers have had seven different coaches in their last 10 seasons, with Dineen the only one to take Florida to the playoffs.

* Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille has been medically cleared to play and will be ready for the second round of the playoffs against Montreal.

Paille suffered an apparent concussion during a late-season game against Buffalo.

Also, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who had knee surgery in January, participated in his first team practice in 4 months.