Analysis of Jaromir Jagr trade
April, 2, 2013
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Jaromir Jagr might not be the answer for the Boston Bruins in 2013, but they’re hoping he’s at least part of it.
The Bruins fell victim to Jarome Iginla's no-movement clause last week when the forward decided he wanted to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins rather than Boston, so Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli turned his focus to another veteran forward and landed Jagr in a deal with the Dallas Stars. The Bruins sent Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a conditional second-round pick to Dallas. The draft pick could become a first-rounder depending on how far Boston goes in the playoffs.
The 41-year-old’s presence in Boston will be interesting.
Bruins coach Claude Julien could insert Jagr onto the team’s third line along with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron right now. Once Chris Kelly -- currently out with a broken left tibia -- returns, a possible line of Jagr, Kelly and Peverley could be a strong combination for the Bruins, with speed and playmaking ability.
One place Jagr should help is on the Bruins’ power play. Boston is ranked 24th in the NHL in power-play percentage at 15.2 percent (14-for-92). Jagr has scored six power-play goals this season with the Stars. Don’t be surprised if he lands on Boston’s top power-play unit.
In the past, Jagr’s reputation as a teammate around the league hasn’t always been great. But some have said that’s changed since he played for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011-12 season.
Adding a future Hall of Famer to the locker room could have a positive impact. Look how the Bruins fed off Mark Recchi during his stint in Boston, which ended with a Stanley Cup in 2011. Jagr should be motivated by the possibility of a deep run in the playoffs.
On the ice this season, Jagr has 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points in 34 games. That would put him fourth on the Bruins in scoring, behind Patrice Bergeron (31 points), Brad Marchand (28) and David Krejci (28).
With the Bruins hosting the Ottawa Senators tonight at TD Garden, it’s too bad Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs doesn’t have his private jet on the ground at Love Field in Dallas. In 62 career games against the Senators, Jagr has 36 goals and 41 assists for 77 points.
Even with Jagr in tow, Chiarelli might not be done dealing. With a little more than 24 hours until Wednesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, the Bruins could land a defenseman, too.