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Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne, Conditional 2nd-Round Pick
The Jarome Iginla debacle suddenly looks like a blessing in disguise. While Jaromir Jagr may be older than Iginla, he comes at a much cheaper price.
The proposed Iginla deal included Bruins top prospect Alexander Khokhlachev and NHL-ready defenseman Matt Bartkowski, who now both safely remain in the Boston cabinet (Boston Herald). Instead the Bruins have unloaded peripheral prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne.
23-year-old Lane MacDermid is a big body with minimal upside. In three games with Boston this season he failed to register a point, while firing just one shot on goal. He has what it takes to become an NHL agitator, but he never seemed likely to make an impact in Boston.
The other youngster headed to Dallas is Cody Payne, who sits firmly outside of Boston's top 10 prospects. A physical winger playing for the OHL's Plymouth Whalers, the 19-year-old has some upside with 45 points in 66 games this season, but the Bruins have retained the services of similar power forwards Anthony Camara and Brian Ferlin who seem more likely to feature at the NHL level someday.
The second-round pick will become a first if the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference finals, but even at that price Jagr could be a steal.
The skilled winger picked up his 1,000th career assist last week as he continues to turn heads despite his age.
More than two decades after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups to open his career, Jagr was leading the Dallas Stars in both goals (14) and points (26) before being acquired by the Bruins.
Although it remains to be seen where he fits in the Bruins lineup, Jagr looks destined for a spot in Boston's top-six, potentially alongside Czech countryman David Krejci. If he winds up playing with Krejci, it could open the door for Nathan Horton to add his scoring prowess to the third line.
Jagr's primary impact should come on the power play. His nine power-play points are three more than Bruins leader David Krejci's meager six.
Ultimately Jagr is an experienced veteran who can bring leadership and scoring for a fairly risk-free price, and if the 41-year-old can continue playing at his current level, he could follow in former teammate Mark Recchi's footsteps by winning his third Stanley Cup in Boston.