If he has another season of ~PPG then it would certainly add to his resume. Enough to declare him better than others? No. His spot within the top 30 all time is already highly debated, and I don't think one season will change that much.
Jagr was ranked 25th on the 2008 version of the HOH Top 100 list, a list that was absolutely merciless towards modern players not named Wayne or Mario. He then ranked 23rd on the 2009 update.
I think he's pretty safely in the top 30 of all-time.
Honestly, yes. If Jagr was a more motivated player, he would be right up there with Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull, and Maurice Richard as the best forward ever not named Wayne, Mario, or Gordie. Instead, he's usually debated along with the Lafleurs and Espositos of hockey history.
I agree with you on this. The difference between Jagr being a top 5 forward and top 10 player and now being a borderline top 10 forward and top 20 player is his tenure in Washington.
At the time he was well on his way to becoming a true legend, quite possibly surpassing Richard, Hull and Beliveau.
Who knows, time is running out on him and the odds are stalked against him.
My question to you is this : if Jagr were to be a PPG this year and sign again next season and become a PPG next season as well and along the way winning a Cup/ Conn Smythe, does he then get bumped up to a top 5 forward and top 10 player?