JIt looks like Peter Chiarelli got a big trade in under the deadline. Sometime within the last hour, the Boston Bruins traded prospects are Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne to the Dallas Stars. In return, the Dallas Stars gave us future hall of famer Jaromir Jagr.
While it is very likely that Jagr will only have one or two seasons left in him, this is still a win-win for the Bruins. The veteran forward will be an asset in improving the special teams. The Bruins are currently twenty-fourth on the power play. Without Jagr, the Stars were last in power play work last season. With his addition, Jagr brought the Stars all the way up to eighteenth. He’s got 3:22 power play on-ice time average this season. That’s better than any Bruin currently in uniform.
Jaromir Jagr has been a solid producer for the Stars this season, with 12 goals and 14 assists on the season. At 41, Jagr may not possess the athletic ability he had in his prime, his decades of experience on the ice to make up for it. In Jagr, the team gets a player that can slot in on one of the top two lines and perform, but brings another Recchi type veteran into the squad. I’m trying to see a down side here, but at the moment, I can’t. This does look like another piece of Chiarelli magic here.
I’m not the only one here.
Spoke with a pumped Bruins Captain, Zdeno Chara on the phone about Jagr Trade, “We are really excited to add Jaromir to our team!”
— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) April 2, 2013
Guessing Jaromir Jagr was reason Zdeno Chara & David Krejci were having lengthy convo in Slavic lranguage this morning in B’s dressing room
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 2, 2013
So, we’ve got one of the most recognized names in hockey playing for us. I would be stunned if Coach Julien put him on the third line, and that won’t happen. So, who goes where now. My guess is they will put Jagr on our first line and bump down Milan Lucic to the third. Of the top-six forwards, Lucic has the least amount of goals, and maybe a little time on the third would get his head back into the game and fix our weakest line at the same time.