|What went right and wrong as Patrice Bergeron is hurt in Bruins’ win over Senators||04.02.13 at 9:36 pm ET|
The Bruins got both Jaromir Jagr and a win over Ottawa on Tuesday, but it still might end up being a shaky day for them as Patrice Bergeron was knocked out of the game in the second period against the Senators.
The B’s got goals from David Krejci, Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton in a 3-2 victory that put them one point behind the Canadiens in the Northeast Division. The Habs have 51 points to the Bruins’ 50 through 35 games.
Here’s what went right and wrong for the B’s:
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Horton is producing like a man who has no interest in losing his spot on the top line to Jagr. He broke a third-period 2-2 tie by scoring his fourth goal in as many games after scoring just once in the previous 14 contests. The veteran right wing has been inconsistent this season, but he’s really making that top line a tough one to break up.
– Give Matt Bartkowski credit for staying focused and turning in some solid play despite knowing that the Bruins tried to trade him for Jarome Iginla. Bartkowski saved a goal in the second period, when Khudobin made a kicksave on Mika Zibanejad and kicked the rebound out to the bottom for the right circle. A Senators player was inches from knocking it in with plenty of open net, but Bartkowski got a stick on it just in time to break it up.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Bergeron was knocked out of the game on his third shift of the second period with what appeared to at the very least be some sort of upper-body injury. Bergeron lunged at Colin Greening while the Washington center was trying to shoot, and Bergeron’s head awkwardly hit Greening’s elbow/forearm. Bergeron left the game and did not return.
Though the Bruins offered no details on the injury, the play was obviously concerning given his history with concussions. He has had three in his NHL career, the most recent of which came in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers in 2011.
Bergeron leads the Bruins with 31 points (10 goals and a team-high 21 assists) this season.
– The Bergeron injury wasn’t the only one for the Bruins. Dougie Hamilton threw a hit on Erik Condra in the Bruins’ zone, and though the play got a massive cheer as both players went down, Hamilton couldn’t finish his shift. Upon getting up, he slowly tried to get in position before calling for a line change. He went straight down the tunnel and left the ice for about 10 minutes real time before returning to the Bruins’ bench with five and a half minutes to play.
– The Bruins appeared to get the save of the year from Anton Khudobin when he lost his stick diving across the net to stop a bid from Andre Benoit after being out of position. The play was reviewed, however, and the replay showed that Benoit’s slapshot had indeed gone in and bounced back out.
– Benoit’s goal tied the game at two, making for the Bruins’ latest blown lead in the third period this season. Boston has now blown leads in seven games this season and are 4-3-2 when leading after two periods.
|Kaspars Daugavins joins Bruins||04.02.13 at 8:08 pm ET|
Kaspars Daugavins joined the Bruins Tuesday at TD Garden and participated in their warmup prior to their game against the Senators, though he was made a health scratch for the game.
The Bruins claimed Daugavins off waivers from the Senators last Wednesday, but he was unable to get his work visa until Tuesday. In 19 games for the Senators this season, Daugavins has one goal and two assists for three points.
‘I like him as a player. I think he’s got a lot of elements to his game and are consistent with or compatible with our game,” Peter Chiarelli said of Daugavins. “He’s smart, I think he’s skilled. For whatever reason, he wasn’t getting played a lot, or whatever, he didn’t fit there. Whatever, that’s fine. So we’ll see where he fits and he’s still a young player, so we’ll try to get him in and look at him and see where it goes.’
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|After getting Jaromir Jagr, Peter Chiarelli still looking at more trades for Bruins||04.02.13 at 7:02 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday after acquiring Jaromir Jagr that he is still looking to make trades prior to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
Chiarelli said that despite this year’s market being difficult given the lack of surefire sellers, he expects more players to be made available in the hours and minutes leading up to the deadline. Jagr is a good example of that, as the Stars didn’t notify teams that they would trade the veteran winger until Monday night.
‘It’s never done,” Chiarelli said. “We’ll see what happens. The thought going into [Wednesday] if nothing was done [Tuesday] was that, for example, if we didn’t get Jaromir that there were players that would come about and you would have … there always are players that come up at the last minute. You don’t like to be surprised that way, but you’re prepared for it. I’d imagine that there will players like that [Wednesday]. If there’s something that we think could help us in the proper context, then we’ll take a look at it.’
The Bruins still have the cap space ($5.9 million as is and about $10 million if they put Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve) and the resources to make more moves. They traded Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne in the Jagr deal, but neither of those players were significant pieces. They also gave up a 2013 second-round pick, which will become a 2013 first-round pick if the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference finals.
So as the Bruins go about talking to other teams leading up to the deadline, they have less to work with than before, but still plenty. Chiarelli said not being able to offer a hard first-rounder given its potential inclusion in the Stars trade makes the process “encumbered to a certain degree,” but he noted that they can still trade the pick as long as they make it conditional as well. Chiarelli used the example of trading their first-rounder under the condition that if the pick vests in the Stars trade, it would become a 2014 pick in the other trade.
What Chiarelli said he’s been most pleased to learn is that different teams have asked about different players in potential trades. The proof there is the fact that the Bruins were going to trade Alexander Khokhlachev and Matt Bartkowski (along with a first-round pick) to the Flames for Jarome Iginla. Neither player ended up being included in the Jagr trade and are still available to either be moved in another trade or held onto by the B’s.
‘In this process to this player and the other player [Iginla], and this whole trade period, teams have been asking for a lot of our different prospects,” Chiarelli said. “So if there’s anything I can take away from this, it’s that our prospects have some good value.’
|Peter Chiarelli: Bruins’ acquisition of Jaromir Jagr similar to that of Mark Recchi||04.02.13 at 6:41 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli met with the media shortly before Tuesday night’s game against the Senators to discuss the team’s acquisition of Jaromir Jagr. The Bruins sent Lane MacDermid, the rights to 2012 fifth-rounder Cody Payne and a conditional second-round pick to the Stars in exchange for the 41-year-old.
“He’s a terrific player who’s won some Cups and has been a superstar player,” Chiarelli said. “I liken it a little to — and I told Jaromir this, too — the addition of Mark Recchi. You don’t have to be the guy, but you’re an important piece and you can band together with your teammates. You’ve got the experience, you’ve got a certain skillset, size or whatever you want to call it that will benefit the rest of the group. But really, you’ve won, you have experience and you want to win still. That was an important question and he was very receptive to that.”
Chiarelli said the Bruins had scouted Jagr since he returned to the NHL, but never pursued him in free agency over the last two years. They expressed interest in trading for Jagr earlier in the season, but didn’t know whether the Stars would make him available. Despite the uncertainty, Chiarelli said that the teams were able to put together “ground work” for a deal, which made it easy to complete after the Stars made it known Monday night that Jagr was available. The teams wrapped up the deal Tuesday morning.
This season, Jagr has 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points. He figures to fit in on the right wing of either David Krejci’s line or the third line with Rich Peverley.
“I do know the options, but well have to see how he fits in,” he said. “Obviously there’s a need on the third line, but he’s got a higher line pedigree. What I said to Jaromir was that we pride ourselves on four strong lines. He’s an important part, but not the part to success, so he could be on the third. There are times when our fourth line has been our third line and vice versa, so it depends on who’s going, but we try to even it out, and he seemed very receptive to that.”
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|Bruins trade for Jaromir Jagr||04.02.13 at 1:11 pm ET|
The Bruins acquired Stars right winger Jaromir Jagr Tuesday for a draft pick and two minor prospects. The trade is the first Boston has made this season and it comes a day prior to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. The story was first reported by Czech reporter Roman Jedlicka.
In exchange for Jagr, the Bruins will send a conditional second-round pick and young players Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne to Dallas. If the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference finals, the pick becomes a first-rounder.
Jagr, 41, has 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points in 34 games this season for Dallas. He had 19 goals and 35 assists for 54 points in 73 games last season for the Flyers after spending the previous three seasons in the KHL.
MacDermid, an enforcer, has been up with the Bruins all season but has been a healthy scratch for all but three games thus far. He was not on the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate, with Claude Julien saying it was because he was dealing with a minor injury. Payne was a fifth-round pick of the Bruins in 2012 and is currently playing for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. In 66 regular-season games for Plymouth this season, Payne had 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points.
Prior to the trade, Bruins center David Krejci was asked multiple times about growing up a fan of Jagr, as both hail from what was Czechoslovakia. Now, Krejci could be Jagr’s linemate.
“Obviously, he was the best for a long time,” Krejci said. “He’s still one of the best right now. It’s good to see him still do well at his age. I had posters of him when I was a kid. He was my hockey idol.”
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|Is Jaromir Jagr a fit for Bruins?||04.02.13 at 12:40 pm ET|
David Krejci was asked about Jaromir Jagr at least three times Tuesday morning.
When asked if he grew up idolizing his fellow conuntryman, Krejci responded, “Yes.” He didn’t elaborate. Then he was asked about Jagr again maybe 30 seconds later.
“I don’t know why everybody’s asking me that,” Krejci said. “Is he traded here?”
No, but he could be, according to this tweet. [UPDATE: Jagr has reportedly been traded to the Bruins].
Told the Dallas Stars have decided to trade Jaromir Jagr. My sense is Boston leads the list of front-runners
‘ Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 2, 2013
Krejci said he didn’t want to think about potential trades, saying that he needs to be focusing on trying to help the Bruins get points. Eventually, he finally shed some light on the 41-year-old winger.
“Obviously, he was the best for a long time,” Krejci said. “He’s still one of the best right now. It’s good to see him still do well at his age. I had posters of him when I was a kid. He was my hockey idol, and that’s all I’ve got.”
A potential fit in Boston would be interesting for Jagr. In 34 games this season, he was 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points, so he can obviously still score. He would be a big help to Boston’s power play, which currently ranks 24th in the league with a 15.2 percent success rate.
The question is how the rest of Jagr’s game would fit in with the Bruins. He isn’t exactly known for his backchecking, and in Claude Julien’s defense-first system, that wouldn’t exactly fly. Still, the Bruins need to add some offensive pop after missing out on the real prize of this trade deadline in Jarome Iginla.
So while he isn’t the greatest fit for the B’s, they may not have many other options for top goal-scorers. He’s on a one-year deal and would be a rental player, so the asking price from Dallas needs to be taken into consideration. If Peter Chiarelli can get it done without giving up a significant prospect or a first-round pick, it might be worth it to pull the trigger, but by no means should the Bruins general manager take the package from the failed Iginla trade (Alexander Khokhlachev, Matt Bartkowski and a first-round pick) and offer it to Dallas for Jagr.
|Kaspars Daugavins not at morning skate, David Krejci wouldn’t want a teammate to pull his shootout move||04.02.13 at 12:20 pm ET|
Bruins forward Kaspars Daugavins was expected to have his work visa issues squared away for Tuesday, but he was not on the ice for the team’s morning skate.
The Bruins claimed Daugavins from the Senators last Wednesday, but the Latvian-born player has been unable to get his work visa because the US Embassy was closed from Good Friday through Easter Monday. The B’s had aimed to have everything in order for Tuesday. Whether that will still happen remains unclear.
“I really don’t have that answer,” Claude Julien said. “I know that he was supposed to meet people today because the Easter holiday’s over, so people are back at work, so he [was supposed to be] meeting this morning. I’m not quite sure. We expect him today. Whether it happens or not, I don’t know.”
As for whether Daugavins would be a possibility to play against his former club on Tuesday night, Julien said such a scenario is unlikely.
“I doubt it,” he said. “I’m not going to say no. If he shows up and we feel if we need him, I haven’t talked to upper management about that situation more than, right now they’re trying to get his visa status resolved more than worrying about anything else right now.”
In 19 games for the Senators this season, Daugavins has one goal and two assists for three points. He’s more of a defensive forward, though he is perhaps best known for being an absolute laugh riot with his shootout attempt against Tuukka Rask earlier this season.
Asked about the shootout move, David Krejci says he wasn’t a fan and wouldn’t want his teammate to attempt it.
“I wouldn’t like it if my teammate tried [it], because we know we need points. If he scored, it would be different, but you need points. You don’t want to put on a show. You just try to put the puck in the net and that’s how you go [about it] in a shootout. I thought it was creative — I’d never seen anything like that, but I wouldn’t like it if my teammate tried.”
Daugavins actually scored using the move in the AHL, but he’s just 1-for-4 in shootouts in his NHL career.
Also missing from the morning skate was forward Lane MacDermid, who Julien said “suffered a minor injury.”