NHL: What Potential Jaromir Jagr Deal Means for Bruins
Jaromir Jagr was traded to the Boston Bruins for two prospects and a pick; still pending league trade call -- source told @real_espnlebrun— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) April 2, 2013
DAL will receive prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne (Plymouth) as part of the Jagr trade with BOS.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 2, 2013
After missing out on ex-Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who eventually went to Pittsburgh, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli appears to have added one of the best available forwards on the market.
It's one of the best moves he could have made in response to the botched Iginla deal, in which Chiarelli claims that Flames general manager Jay Feaster had initially confirmed the completion of that trade.
On one hand, it's a move that smells of desperation. It's true that Jagr, with 1,679 career points, ranks eighth in NHL history and first among active players.
But the Bruins haven't made a trading block deal for a star player, similar to this one, since bringing in Sergei Gonchar and Michael Nylander from the Capitals in 2004; that year, the Bruins would lose in the first round of the playoffs.
On the other hand, bringing in Jagr offers two distinct advantages. First, it's a move reminiscent of the 2010 trade for Mark Recchi, who teamed with Jagr to win a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh in 1991. Jagr, like Recchi, is an older forward who can help stimulate the Bruins' offense; through 34 games, Jagr leads the Stars in goals with 14 and points with 26.
There's a good chance that Jagr would line up alongside countryman David Krejci and either Milan Lucic or Nathan Horton on one of Boston's top two forward lines.
Krejci has called Jagr his "hockey idol," putting a poster of Jagr up on his wall while growing up in the Czech Republic, and playing with his hero could help reignite Krejci after only four points in his past seven games.
Meanwhile, the bump down to the third line could be a motivating factor for Lucic, who has only three points in his past eight games. For Horton, playing with Jagr could help him continue a hot streak of four points in his past three games.
With only Jagr and Kaspars Daugavins coming into Boston so far, the Bruins may still struggle to keep up with the Penguins, who also added ex-Stars captain Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray from San Jose.
But adding a proven offensive talent could be the spark that Boston's existing core players—many of whom won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2011—need to pick up their game once again.
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