|Barry Pederson on D&C: Jaromir Jagr ‘a star, not a superstar’||04.03.13 at 9:55 am ET|
NESN’s Barry Pederson talked to Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the impact Jaromir Jagr could have on the Bruins, what he’ll have to do to fit into the B’s system, and Patrice Bergeron‘s situation after leaving Tuesday’s game with an injury.
Pederson said he thinks Jagr will thrive in a supporting role, similar to the one he played in Philadelphia last year, not to mention in Pittsburgh when he first broke into the league.
“He’s coming to a good team that he’s just trying to make great,” Pederson said. “He’s probably a star, not a superstar. He’s definitely a top-six forward, and I think the other thing it does for this team is it brings in competition. For the coach, he doesn’t have to do a lot of yelling, or say a lot of things in the press. Just, ‘OK you’re not going on the top two lines, I’ve got another forward here, a Hall of Famer that wants to come in here and play.’ ”
Pederson played with Jagr on the Cup-winning 1990-91 Penguins team in Jagr’s first season in the NHL. He said Jagr had his own “Euro fashion” off the ice, but that on the ice he exhibited the qualities that have kept him among the league’s top players to this day.
“He came over with all kinds of raw talent,” Pederson said. “You have to remember, on that team, with [Mario] Lemieux there, he was the guy that was kind of making all those eyes turn. But what I remember about [Jagr] the most at a young age was how gifted he was, lower body down. Similar to a Ray Bourque where you have those strong legs and that big butt, you couldn’t knock him over. He had a great release. He’d go to those dirty areas and had a knack for getting in front and scoring big goals.”
Despite Jagr causing some locker-room controversy in his earlier days, Pederson said he believes Jagr has matured into a veteran leader.
“I think you’re going to be surprised as to what you’re going to hear in the dressing room,” Pederson said. “When you read all the accounts of Philadelphia '¦ they think they really missed his presence in the locker room. I think he’s really matured as a person and i think that’s really going to show here.”
|Claude Julien: Jaromir Jagr is ‘coming to help us, he’s not coming to save us’||04.02.13 at 11:15 pm ET|
Clearly, the Bruins felt a positive buzz from the acquisition earlier in the day of Czech superstar and future hockey hall of famer Jaromir Jagr. The Bruins went out, fired 50 shots on net and beat the Senators, 3-2, at TD Garden.
But Bruins coach Claude Julien made it very clear that he’s not expecting the 41-year-old player to save the Bruins, just help them, much in the same way Mark Recchi helped Boston to a Stanley Cup in 2011.
“Well, there's no doubt he's going to help us,” Julien said. “And I think that's the key word, he's coming to help us, he's not coming to save us. That's what people have to understand. He's a great player, and he still is a great player, but at the same time, if we expect to watch him do the work we're not going to be going anywhere.
“We need our team to play better and he's certainly going to help our team be better. I like the acquisition ' a big strong guy, he's hard to knock off the puck around the net area, in the corner; he does a great job. To me, he seems to suit our needs and what we're all about. Again, I know he's happy to come here and we'll certainly be happy to have him in our lineup because he's going to help in a lot of areas.” Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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.”
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.'
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||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?||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.
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