Bruins land Stars veteran Jaromir Jagr
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Bruins were determined to get a goal scorer before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline. On Tuesday they got just that -- future hall-of-famer Jaromir Jagr.
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Tuesday that the club acquired forward Jagr from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Lane MacDermid, the rights to unsigned draft pick Cody Payne and a conditional second round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The 2013 second round pick will become a 2013 first round pick if the Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference finals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
While Jagr may not be the player he once was, he is still productive leading Dallas with 14 goals, six on the power play, and 12 assists in 34 games this season. To put that in perspective, those numbers are higher than Bruins forward Tyler Seguin’s numbers in both categories.
Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 14 goals and Patrice Bergeron is first with 31 points. Jagr has 679 career goals.
Jagr has tallied points in his last five games and he earned his 1,000th career assist on March 29, becoming the 12th player in NHL history and the first European-born player to do so. He’s the 10th leading scorer in NHL history.
"His career speaks for itself. He's a strong player, protects the puck well," Chiarelli said. "I know he's 41 now, but he's been one of their best players in Dallas. Last year he was one of (Philadelphia's) best players."
Jagr will wear No. 68. He’s scheduled to join the Bruins on Wednesday April 3.
"Obviously, there's a need on the third line, but he's got a higher-line pedigree," Chiarelli said. "What I said to Jaromir was that we pride ourselves on four strong lines and he's an important part but not the (main) part to the success. So he can be on the third line."
Jagr will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Stars.
For the Bruins, as much as they want to concentrate on the games, they know the trade deadline means that the makeup of their team will change overnight.
While getting Jagr should help, moves at the trade deadline can be hit or miss. Last year, the Bruins made three moves, acquiring Brian Rolston, Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon. The B’s were bounced in the first round of the playoffs and none of those players are with the team this year.
On the other end of the spectrum was the 2011 deadline when the Bruins traded for Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly -- deals that turned out to be monumental. Both players were instrumental in the Bruins’ first Stanley Cup win in almost 40 years.
The deal comes five days after the Bruins thought they obtained forward Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames, only to learn Iginla had been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Bruins take on the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
Below is a photo of Bruins forward Milan Lucic (far left) with Jagr in 1998. Lucic was 10 years old.