Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Let The Jaromir Jagr Era In Boston Begin (Puts on Mullet, Starts Listening to European Techno)
Screw Jarome Iginla, we've got Jaromir Jagr! Haha that has to be the sentiment for Bruins fans this afternoon since Boston traded forward Lane MacDermid, prospect Cody Payne and a conditional second-round draft pick to Dallas for the 41-year-old Jagr.
Before you say wow he must be really washed up, keep in mind that he had 14 goals and 12 assists this season for the Stars in 34 games and he averaged 18:17 of ice time per game. He has been around forever, he was Pittsburgh's first round pick in 1990 (5th overall) and he played with the Penguins right away. He is the NHL active leader in goals (679), assists (1000) and points (1679) and he should solve Boston's biggest current issue: goal-scoring.
The only thing to worry about with Jagr, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is that the conservative Claude Julien will put him on the third line or not try to get the most out of him that he can (put him with David Krejci!). With all due respect, this isn't Daniel Paille, Jay Pandolfo, Jordan Caron, Gregory Campbell, Rich Peverley, etc. This is one of the best offensive players in NHL history that has put up 78 goals and 111 assists in 180 career playoff games.
Jagr simply has to be on Boston's sputtering first line with Krejci and either Milan Lucic or Nathan Horton. It doesn't really matter which one, since they've both been awful this season by and large, but Lucic or Horton needs to go down to the third line to give the team more balance.
Oh and since we still have almost 24 hours until the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline (tomorrow at 3 p.m.), the B's can't be content to stop here. They have a good chance to win another Stanley Cup as it is but with the addition of another proven forward and especially a defenseman, they'll make their team that much better.
Keep wheeling and dealing Peter Chiarelli.