NEWARK, N.J. -- Jaromir Jagr has decided to remain with the New Jersey Devils for another year.
"I was happy being here," the 42-year-old Jagr said Thursday in a conference call from Belarus, where he is playing for the Czech Republic in the world championships. "There was no reason to change. There was no reason to test free agency. What would happen? Someone might give me more money, but nobody can guarantee me that I'd be happy someplace else. If I'm happy, then there's no reason to go anywhere else. I play my best hockey when I'm happy."
The Devils did not release terms of the contract. Jagr said it was a one-year deal. The contract is believed to be worth $6 million with incentives.
"I like having one-year deals," Jagr said. "If something goes wrong, you never know if you have a long contract and say have three years left. One year is good for everybody. I think both sides wanted to get this done quickly. Lou (Lamoriello, the team's president and general manager) wanted to do it, because he wanted to see the direction where he's going with the team."
Jagr was the Devils' leading scorer this, finishing with 24 goals and 43 assists for 67 points (see full story).
NHL: Masterton Award finalists announced
NEW YORK -- Jagr, Carolina Hurricanes' Manny Malhotra and New York Rangers' Dominic Moore are the finalists for the Masterton Trophy.
The league announced Wednesday the finalists for the honor that goes "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
The winner will be announced June 24 in Las Vegas during the NHL Awards show.
Instead of retiring, the 42-year-old Jagr led the Devils with 67 points this season. Malhotra has resumed a career that was put in doubt because of an eye injury. Moore came back to the NHL this season after taking a leave to care for his wife, who had liver cancer and died last year (see full story).
Penguins: Fleury shakes off past miscues
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury knows the critics will always be there.
If his play in the Penguins' recent Eastern Conference playoff series is any indication, he doesn't seem to mind.
Fleury passed his confidence test with flying colors, winning his first postseason series in four years as Pittsburgh beat Columbus in six games.
He hopes the ride continues as the Penguins prepare for a second-round showdown with the New York Rangers or Philadelphia Flyers (see full story).