What Jaromir Jagr Means To The Boston Bruins
Yesterday was a good day for the Bruins organization and its fans too. After struggling through the better part of March with half hearted play and blown third period leads; The Bruins added NHL legend Jaromir Jagr yesterday from the Dallas Stars in exchange for prospects Lane Macdermid and Cody Payne, and a conditional 2nd round pick. The conditional 2nd rounder becomes a 1st round pick if the B’s reach the conference finals.
The name Jagr obviously comes with prestige. His list of accolades include a Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP, 5 Art Ross Trophies as league scoring leader, 2 Stanley Cups, and 3 Lester B. Pearson awards as the player’s MVP. “The Mullet” also holds a the records for most goals, assists, and points by a European players in the history of the NHL, and currently sits at 8th place on the all-time scoring list. He is the leading active scorer in the NHL, followed by Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne.
I could talk all day about Jagr’s 679 career goals, and 1000 career assists, but I wouldn’t really be telling anyone anything about how he can contribute to the Boston Bruins now. For all of his incredible accomplishments, he is simply not the same player he was back in the early 90’s to mid 2000’s.
The Boston Bruin have gotten a much older and wiser Jaromir Jagr, and for them it is just what they needed. Jagr is a big body with a height of 6’4″ and a weight of 240lbs. He is arguably the greatest puck possession player of all time. In his prime, no one could take the puck away from Jagr, and I am happy to say that he still possesses the same ability even at his age. His legs are some of the strongest in the history of the game, and he uses them in a widened stance to keep any opposing sticks away from the puck. Jagr also possesses the same offensive skills, although lessened with age.
Jagr is going to help the Bruins in a variety of ways, one of which is the much maligned powerplay that has plagued the Bruins for years. Jagr has 9 points on the powerplay this year with the Dallas Stars, 6 of which were goals which is good for the lead on the B’s in both categories. I can’t think of a better way to help stimulate the powerplay than adding one of the greatest offensive players in the history of the game. Jagr also brings with him, the wisdom of a aging superstar and veteran NHL player. He has obviously seen it all in the NHL, and his presence will help the development of any player on the Bruins. A chance for guys like Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, MIlan Lucic, etc to see a legend like Jagr play, will undoubtedly teach them a thing or two.
Jagr’s presence may also turn Krejci into a bit of an animal. Krejci played with Jagr during the 2010 Vancouver games, and has said he idolized the future hall of fame player growing up. Perhaps having Jagr on the team will help an already excellent playoff performer in Krejci, reach new heights. Jagr also becomes the second player on the Bruins roster who is a member of the Triple Gold Club along with Patrice Bergeron. The Triple Gold Club is having a won a Stanley Cup, a Olympic gold medal, and a World Juniors gold medal.
It should also be said that Jagr is not here to “save” the Boston Bruins. He is here to help provide leadership and depth scoring much like Mark Recchi did just a few years ago. Jagr has had some problems with the teams he has played for over the years, and has been accused of being both lazy and moody. I myself, do not see those elements in his game anymore, in fact I think he has become a much more dedicated and professional player since returning to the league last season.
Jagr has 14 goals, 12 assists, and a -5 in 34 games this season with the Dallas Stars. He will join the Bruins today for practice, and play his first game as a Boston Bruin tomorrow against the New Jersey Devils.
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