|Jaromir Jagr couldn’t be happier to be with Bruins: ‘At the end, it’s going to be great’||04.04.13 at 12:21 pm ET|
New Bruins superstar Jaromir Jagr, acquired in a Tuesday trade with the Stars, says he’s not a young kid anymore but he’s very happy to be with the Bruins.
At 41, Jagr figures to re-energize a team that again has aspirations of lifting Lord Stanley’s Cup in June.
So, it’s no surprise to find Jagr hasn’t given serious thought to retirement.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I love to play. If I feel healthy and I feel like I can play on some kind of good level, I want to keep playing, if I can get an opportunity to play. I’m not going to saying anything [like] I’m retiring because I’m not ready for it. I love the game too much, so if I’m not good for the NHL, I’m going to go and play in the Czech League or somewhere else but I still love the game and like everybody else, if you love something, you just don’t want to let it go. You hold it ’til you can.”
Is there enough left in the tank?
“I believe where there is love there is no time,” Jagr said with a smile.
“I [don’t have] a no-trade clause so I guess wherever Dallas got the best opportunity, they took it. But I’m happy about it. You don’t ask questions, you just go to play. Through my whole hockey career, I was pretty lucky to play where it was always good for me. I know it’s going to be good, maybe not from the start but at the end, it’s going to be great.”
Jagr feels like Boston is similar to Philadelphia in 2012, a team that was a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Jagr helped the Flyers beat the Penguins in the first round before losing to the Devils in the Eastern semifinals.
“I’ve changed so I kind of like it,” Jagr said. “I don’t mind it at all. I was in the same situation in Philadelphia last year. I was so happy when I see the other guys play with me, my teammates, doing so good. When they did interviews [in Philadelphia], they said, ‘Jagr helped us.’ So, that’s what makes me also happy, not just scoring goals but he can help. I know I can help. There’s a lot of young guys. I’ve learned a lot of stuff through my hockey career. I played for 23 years and I’ve played with so many great players and I’ve learned so much stuff.
“You can always learn. No matter how old you are, you can always learn. If someone thinks they know everything when he’s 25, he’s lying to himself or he’s dumb. So, you can always learn and I’m here to teach the guys and tell them what I have to go through and make their hockey life easier.”
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|Jaromir Jagr to play with Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand||at 12:01 pm ET|
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:
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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|Andy Brickley on M&M: Keith Yandle, Mark Streit, Dan Boyle possible Bruins targets as trade deadline approaches||04.03.13 at 12:34 pm ET|
NESN’s Andy Brickley spoke with Mut & Merloni on Wednesday about what the Bruins could do in the last few hours before the 3 p.m. trade deadline and where he sees Jaromir Jagr fitting into the lineup.
Brickley said he thinks the Bruins would do best to add a defenseman before the deadline, and that the three names he’s seen thrown around most are Keith Yandle, Dan Boyle and Mark Streit.
“I’ve been a big Yandle fan for a long time because he’s a local kid, and you’ve always got to pull for them,” Brickley said. “Boyle’s a proven winner, won a Stanley Cup. He’s a right-handed shot who would fit nice on a power play right now with Dougie Hamilton, who’s really your only right-handed shot you can put on the back end if you’re playing with your four forwards. Boyle can run a pretty good power play. But I think Streit’s the guy that’s probably the most attainable when you talk about what you’re going to give up to get what you want. I think those are the three names that are probably pretty attractive to Boston right now.”
Brickley noted that the Bruins haven’t been afraid to deal high draft picks and top prospects in the past to get the players they want, especially during their 2011 Stanley Cup run.
“Maybe you have to deal a current asset that’s not a future first-round pick if the expectation is that conditional second turns into a first in that deal for Jagr,” Brickley said. “I do like the fact that the Bruins are willing to make those kinds of trades. When you take a look at ‘¦ how they constructed that 2011 Cup team, they dealt first-rounders, whether they were future first-rounders or current first-rounders that were at some point in their development. In the [Mark] Recchi deal they dealt that kid [Matt] Lashoff. He was a first-rounder. The [Rich] Peverley deal, two first-rounders, [Mark] Stuart and [Blake] Wheeler. The [Nathan] Horton-[Gregory] Campbell deal, that was [Dennis] Wideman and a first-rounder, and even [Tomas] Kaberle, that was two first-rounders, [Joe] Colborne and a future first-rounder. So they’ve shown that they will do what they need to do when they target those certain players.”
Jagr seems likely to start out playing on David Krejci‘s wing, although Brickley noted that sometimes linemates don’t click even if the pairing seem logical.
“I think it’s only natural that they try to hook him up with David Krejci, but sometimes that doesn’t work out,” Brickley said. “I would never make the analogy that [Michael] Ryder is a Jaromir Jagr, but when Ryder was acquired by Boston, the expectation was that he was playing with a top-two centerman, whether it was [Patrice] Bergeron or Krejci or a healthy Marc Savard, for that matter. He probably did his most damage in the playoffs playing on the third line with [Chris] Kelly and Peverley. So you never know what kind of chemistry you’re going to get when you hook certain players up.”
On whether the Bruins need to add a forward or defenseman at the deadline: “I don’t know if it’s a necessity because I think this is still a pretty strong team if everyone’s healthy on their back end. I’d like to see them, and I think everyone would like to see the Bruins do that. The players in the room would certainly like to see another defenseman of NHL quality, somewhere in a top-five as far as their rating.
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.”
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.’
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