|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||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.”
|Anton Khudobin shuts out Sabres||03.31.13 at 10:08 pm ET|
The win was Boston’s first in their last three games and gave them 48 points, which puts them one point behind the Canadiens for the Northeast Division lead. Both teams have played 34 games.
The game was scoreless through the first two periods before Krejci got the Bruins on the board by burying a rebound from a Horton bid in front. Matt Bartkowski sent the pass to Horton in the zone to set up the goal, giving him his first NHL assist in 12 career games. Horton made it 2-0 shortly after by beating Ryan Miller in front off a feed from Krejci. Horton now has goals in three straight games and has 11 on the season.
Khudobin made 26 saves in the victory.
The Bruins will return to Boston and host the Senators Tuesday at TD Garden.
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|Bruins assign Ryan Spooner to Providence||03.24.13 at 11:25 am ET|
The Bruins assigned center Ryan Spooner back to Providence Sunday. Spooner, who was recalled Monday following David Krejci‘s knee injury against the Penguins, played in the last three games for the Bruins.
Spooner, a second-round pick in 2010, didn’t collect a point in his stint with the B’s and has no points and an even rating in four NHL games this season.
|David Krejci returns for Bruins, Rich Peverley a healthy scratch||03.21.13 at 7:42 pm ET|
With Krejci returning, Ryan Spooner was kept in the lineup, while Rich Peverley was made a surprise healthy scratch. Spooner replaced Peverley on the third line with Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron.
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|David Krejci a game-time decision vs. Senators||at 1:22 pm ET|
“We’ll see how he feels after warmups,” Julien told reporters. “If he feels good, then he’s going to go.”
Krejci missed Tuesday’s loss to the Jets after getting hit in the knee with a Johnny Boychuk slapshot in Sunday’s loss to the Penguins. Ryan Spooner filled in for him, centering the top line on Tuesday.
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|Ryan Spooner to center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton vs. Jets||03.19.13 at 2:09 pm ET|
Ryan Spooner has only played one career NHL game, but it appears his second one will carry a ton of responsibility.
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Winnipeg Tuesday that Spooner, who was called up Monday on an emergency basis from Providence, will start on Boston’s top line Tuesday against the Jets, centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton in place of the injured David Krejci. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe noted during Tuesday’s morning skate that Spooner was also working with the Bruins’ top power play unit with Lucic, Horton, Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin.
Spooner played 5:29 in his NHL debut last month against the Canadiens.