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Bruins Acquire Jaromir Jagr From Dallas

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After getting snubbed for Jarome Iginla last week, the Boston Bruins announced on Tuesday that they have acquired veteran forward Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars. In return, the Stars will receive prospects Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a conditional second round pick for the 2013 Entry Draft. The draft pick becomes a first rounder if the Bruins advance to Eastern Conference finals in the playoffs this year.

With the acquisition, Boston secured the veteran forward it was looking for, which could possibly boost to B’s scoring. Jagr, 41, is a two-time Stanley Cup champion but obviously isn’t the player he used to be. However, the Czech winger will surely help out the Bruins as they enter the final weeks of the regular season.

In 34 games this year, Jagr has 26 points (14 G, 12 A) with six of his 14 goals coming on the power play. Brad Marchand currently leads the B’s in scoring with 28 points (14 G, 14 A) in 33 games. Jagr, a 12-time All Star, has 1,679 points (679 G, 1,000 A) in 1,380 games in the NHL.

“We talked to Jaromir following the trade and he’s on his way here tomorrow,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli in a press conference prior to the B’s tilt with the Senators on Tuesday. “His career speaks for itself. He’s a strong player, protects the puck well – consistent with out style in the sense that there’s a psych element to his game.

“He’s good on the half-wall, really good release, shot; he’s just a real good player,” Chiarelli added. “I know he’s 41 now, but he’s been one of their best players in Dallas; last year he was one of Philly’s best players. He gives us an element of offense, he gives us an element of size, shooting.” 

The trade benefits Dallas in the long-run, but for the short term, it’s pretty even. The Stars needed to fill a physical gap left by notorious goon Steve Ott’s departure, and have done so with the acquisition of two decent prospects.

Lane MacDermid had zero points in eight career games with the Bruins, but 15 penalty minutes on three fights. MacDermid also had two spirited bouts versus Mark Fraser of Toronto earlier this season. Panye, a 19 year-old for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), also plays a very physical style of play. He has 142 penalty minutes in 110 OHL games.

On the other hand, Boston gets to rent a future Hall of Famer for a playoff run and perhaps even longer. While it’s not set exactly where Jagr will land in the B’s lineup, Chiarelli did mention that the veteran was willing to take a limited role if needed. 

“Obviously, there’s a need on the third line, but he’s got a higher line pedigree,” Chiarelli said about Jagr. “But, what I said to Jaromir was that we pride ourselves on four strong lines and he’s an important part…he seemed very receptive to that.”

The work in the front office is never done, so with the April 3 trade deadline still looming there’s still a possibility for another move to be made. But for now, the next move B’s fans are waiting anxiously to see is Jagr on the ice in his No. 68 black and gold sweater.

Thursday, when the Bruins host the Devils, will most likely be the day.

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