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Jaromir Jagr to play with Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand 04.04.13 at 12:01 pm ET
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When the Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr, it seemed a question of whether he would play on Boston’s first line or third line. As it turns out, Patrice Bergeron‘s concussion had a big say in the matter, as Jagr took part in his first morning skate with the Bruins on the second line, with Tyler Seguin at center.

The lines in morning skate were as follows:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandTyler Seguin – Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo – Rich Peverley – Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Though Seguin was drafted as a center after playing mostly center in the OHL, he has primarily been a right wing in his time in the NHL. With Bergeron out, he’ll be given more responsibility initially, although the Bruins have lots of players capable of playing center on their roster (including the recently acquired Kaspars Daugavins), so if the trial period doesn’t go well, Claude Julien will have other options.

“We put him there because we think he can [handle] it,” Julien said of Seguin. “We’ll see. It’s a great opportunity for him. He’s played there most of his career and giving him that opportunity is something that I think he deserves. We’ll see how it goes, and if not, coaches will do what they do. They adjust.”

The morning skate also marked the return of Chris Kelly, whom the Bruins expect to return to the lineup shortly, though not Thursday. Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, and will start vs. the Devils after Anton Khudobin played Boston’s last two games.

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Peter Chiarelli expects Chris Kelly to return to Bruins ‘soon’ 04.03.13 at 5:30 pm ET
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Bruins center Chris Kelly skated for the third consecutive day when he took the ice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena. Kelly has been out since suffering a broken tibia on March 11 against the Senators and was ruled out indefinitely at the time, though general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that the center is nearing a return.

“He’ll be back soon,” Chiarelli said of Kelly. “I know you’d like a little more detail, but I’m satisfied with his prospective return date and he’ll be playing for us soon.”

Chiarelli said that knowing Kelly would be back in the lineup in short order impacted his approach at the trade deadline. The Bruins, who lost Patrice Bergeron for the time being with a concussion, didn’t add any centers, though recently acquired winger Kaspars Daugavins can play in the middle.

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Peter Chiarelli confirms fourth concussion for Patrice Bergeron 04.03.13 at 3:57 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed at his post-NHL trade deadline press conference that  center Patrice Bergeron suffered a concussion in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Ottawa. SportsNet’s Nick Kypreos was the first to report the news on Wednesday.

“I talked to Patrice,” Chiarelli said. “Patrice suffered a concussion, described as moderate. I talked to him about [4 p.m. Wednesday]. He was in very good spirits. He was out walking today. He was annoyed at it. He was emotional Tuesday night. I don’t know when you’ll see him [playing] again. I don’t think you’ll see him [Thursday].”

Bergeron lunged at Ottawa forward Colin Greening in the Bruins’ zone in the second period Tuesday and hit his head on Greening’s elbow/forearm as the Ottawa forward was shooting. Bergeron left the game and did not return.

This is the fourth concussion suffered in Bergeron’s career, with the last one prior to Tuesday’s occurring in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers.

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Mike Petraglia contributed to this report.

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Bruins trade for Wade Redden, reuniting him with Zdeno Chara 04.03.13 at 3:30 pm ET
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The Bruins traded for defenseman Wade Redden prior to Wednesday’s trade deadline. In return for Redden, the B’s sent a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft to St. Louis. The pick will become a sixth-rounder if Redden plays a playoff game for the B’s.

Redden, 35, was bought out by the Rangers prior to this season and signed with the Blues. In 23 games for St. Louis this season, Redden has two goals and three assists for five points and a minus-2 rating.

Redden was a teammate of current Bruins Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly in Ottawa, where he played from 1996-2008 before signing with the Rangers. Redden’s reunion with Chara is an interesting one, as the Senators infamously chose to re-sign Redden over Chara in 2006 when both players were free agents.

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A picture says a thousand words: Jaromir Jagr is so much older than Milan Lucic 04.02.13 at 10:32 pm ET
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New Bruin Jaromir Jagr has been playing for a while. He’s 41. He was a rookie when current Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney was in his third year in the league — and Sweeney played 1,115 games in the league before retiring nine years ago. He made his NHL debut before Dougie Hamilton or Tyler Seguin were born.

This one takes the cake. Check out this picture from 1998 — eight years after he made his NHL debut — of Jagr with a young Milan Lucic on the left. Per TSN’s James Duthie:

After Tuesday’s game, Lucic explained the picture, which he remembers well.

“That picture is still in my bedroom back in Vancouver,” he said. “I’ve had it there since it was developed back in ’98 when I first got to meet him.

“A long time ago, back when I was 10 years old, my uncle, Dan Kesa, he played on the Pittsburgh Penguins,” he said. “When they played the Canucks I had a chance to go down in the dressing room and meet him. That was obviously when he was back in his absolute prime. For me and my brothers as kids, it was pretty awesome to meet a guy like him. [You get] the same feeling today when you hear the news that you get to play with a legend like himself, it’s definitely going to be a great addition to our team.”

So Lucic was 10 years old when Jagr was in his ninth season. Now Lucic, 24, is now in his sixth season and will be a teammate of Jagr’s.

Said Lucic: “If you would have told me back then that we were going to be teammates down the road, I probably wouldn’t have believed you, but here we are today.”

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What went right and wrong as Patrice Bergeron is hurt in Bruins’ win over Senators 04.02.13 at 9:36 pm ET
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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:


– 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.


– 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.

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Kaspars Daugavins joins Bruins 04.02.13 at 8:08 pm ET
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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.

‘€œI 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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