Jaromir Jagr to Bruins: Dallas Stars Trade Veteran to Boston

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Dallas Stars looks on after celebrating his goal with teammates Alex Goligoski #33 and Eric Nystrom #24 in the third period of their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on March 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Stars defeated the Kings 2-0.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

The Boston Bruins may have missed out on the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes, but they will be adding another big-name veteran before the deadline by trading for Jaromir Jagr of the Dallas Stars.

The Dallas Stars' official website announced the official news. 

Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Stars will receive prospects Lane McDermod and Cody Payne for the veteran winger, while ESPN Boston's Jimmy Murphy added that the Stars will also get a conditional second-round pick from the Bruins. McKenzie followed up by pointing out that the pick becomes a first-round selection if the Bruins win two series in the playoffs.

The news does not come as a huge shock, as Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported earlier that the team would look to trade Jagr rather than sign him to an extension. 

Jagr, 41, has been very good for the Stars this season, with 12 goals and 14 assists on the season. While he may not possess the athletic ability he had in his prime, he's crafty enough on the ice to make up for it.

After thinking it had a deal in place to land Iginla only to see the player veto the trade and choose to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins instead, it was fairly obvious the Bruins were going to seek help at forward before the deadline.

If the Bruins hoped to keep pace with a talented Pittsburgh team—which was very busy at the deadline, also adding Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray—making a move or two before the deadline was a must.

The Bruins are currently second in the Northeast Division with 48 points, trailing only the Montreal Canadiens, and third in the Eastern Conference behind Pittsburgh and Montreal.

In Jagr, the team gets a player that can slot in on one of the top two lines and perform, but also gets an experienced presence in the locker room. This is a very nice move for the Bruins and may yet make Boston fans ask, "Iginla who?"


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