Jaromir Jagr makes his debut as a Bruin
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Jaromir Jagr era officially began Thursday morning for the Boston Bruins.
The future hall-of-famer’s arrival brought smiles on and off the ice.
“I asked him if it was really a done deal,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien in a press conference Thursday, the room laughed.
Julien poked fun at Peter Chiarelli’s failed attempt to land Jarome Iginla. While Jagr may not have been the Bruins first choice, Julien is more than happy to settle for the 12-time NHL all-star.
“I think he’s a great, great addition…like you know, this is a guy that can certainly help our hockey club in many different ways,” said Julien.
Jagr wasn’t a fan of being traded midseason, but the two-time Stanley Cup champion is happy to be in Boston.
“It’s not easy, but I know I’m coming to a great team. I found out there’s a lot of great guys, a lot of humor, so…I bet they’re going to make it easier for me,” said Jagr on Thursday.
The 41-year-old admits he’s obviously not the player he was in his prime, but says there’s plenty left in the tank.
“If I’m not good for NHL, I’m going to go and play in the Czech league or somewhere else, but I still love the game…like everybody else, if you love something, you just don’t want to let it go. You hold it till you can’t,” said Jagr.
Jagr will be on the second line with Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin, who will move to center to fill in for Patrice Bergeron who is out with a concussion, when the B's host the New Jersey Devils Thursday night.
Jagr arrived in Boston on Wednesday night. Check out his full interview with 7News from Logan Airport here.