CHICAGO — Jaromir Jagr could very well be playing for his last shot at the Stanley Cup , yet he says he wasn’t sure he’d be a Bruin when the Stars and B’s struck a deal at the trade deadline.
Jagr — who had no language in his contract that would allow him to block a deal — said the Stars gave him the choice of whether they’d trade him. He then spoke to Peter Chiarelli and asked the Bruins’ general manager three times whether he was sure he wanted him.
“They told me I’m going to get traded, and it’s up to me if I want to go or not,” Jagr said. “When I talked to the boss, I asked him like three times, ‘Are you sure you want me?’ They said, ‘Yeah.’ So here I am.”
But why would Jagr ask such a thing? If the team was trading for a player, they obviously wanted him. Asked where the concern came from on Jagr’s end — whether it was the fact that he isn’t the player he once was, or the fact that this was communing days after the B’s had missed out on Jarome Iginla — Jagr said he didn’t know.
“I just wanted to make sure,” he said. “I don’t want to go somewhere where they don’t want you. I don’t want to be somewhere where I’m kind of useless. I’d rather to not play at all. I wanted to make sure three times before I said, ‘Yes, I’m coming.'”
Jagr has no goals this postseason, but he has been playing on the team’s second line and has used his big body and puck protection to the Bruins’ advantage.
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