|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||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.
|Breakdown of possible Bruins trade targets: Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe, Mark Streit, etc.||03.29.13 at 2:01 pm ET|
With Jarome Iginla off the market, the Bruins still are hoping to bring in an impact player before the April 3 trade deadline, likely a defenseman to bolster their depth there or a top-nine forward. Here’s a look at who they may be considering.
Martin St. Louis, F, Lightning
Despite having the third- and fourth-highest scorers in the league, Tampa Bay is outside the playoff picture looking in right now, and consequently, rumors have swirled about a possible St. Louis trade. St. Louis, 37, has eight goals and 34 assists this year in 33 games, and his 42 points are good for fourth in the league behind Steven Stamkos.
Tampa GM Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun Friday that St. Louis will not be traded. With Iginla off the market, though, many see St. Louis as second prize, another forward who’s past his prime but can clearly still make a significant impact. He is signed through next season with a $5.625 million cap hit and a no-trade clause.
Here’s a look at St. Louis scoring a hat trick in his 900th career game, against the Devils on Feb. 4, 2012.
Jaromir Jagr, F, Stars
Plenty of teams would love to bring in Jagr at the deadline for a playoff run, but the Stars reportedly would like to re-sign him. Jagr’s 25 points (14 goals and 11 assists) are a team high, and he’s making $4.55 million on his current one-year deal.
|Barry Pederson on D&C: ‘I think [Bruins] are going to make a deal’||03.27.13 at 9:45 am ET|
Barry Pederson of NESN joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to discuss what the Bruins might do before the trade deadline, what price they should pay for a player like Jarome Iginla, and why Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic are struggling to produce.
“I think they believe, the way they are constructed right now, they feel they have the potential to win, but I think there’s a lot of question marks,” Pederson said. “They need to get their offense going. They need to get their power play going.”
Pederson said the Bruins could be justified in giving up Malcolm Subban, another highly regarded prospect and a draft pick for Iginla if they’re confident they can sign Iginla to a multi-year deal. He also brought up Martin St. Louis as a possible trade target for the Bruins.
“I think he’s got a lot more to give and he would probably like to win another Cup,” Pederson said of St. Louis. “I just love his game, and I think the Bruins’ fans do as well. He can play all three positions. He may be small in stature, but as we have seen, he is a guy that gives it. He’s got great intensity. He brings offense. He makes your power play better. I think he would love to play in this system with this team. And they’re in the selling mode. That’s another name to me that’s very intriguing. [Compared to Iginla] I think the price with St. Louis would be a little bit more.”
Whether or not the Bruins deal for one of the bigger names on the market, Pederson said he thinks GM Peter Chiarelli will either do something to bolster the top six forwards or add depth to the defense, or both.
“I think they’re going to make a deal,” he said. “[Adam] McQuaid‘s injury puts you in a tough position. Chris Kelly, you don’t know how he’s going to come back from that injury ‘¦ The other thing we have to remember is, this is the first time since the last collective bargaining agreement that next year’s salary cap is going lower. If you’re a seller, you may be better off now making a deal now than waiting for the summertime when everybody has to do it.”