BOSTON -- The Bruins have landed 41-year-old future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr in exchange for AHL enforcer Lane MacDermid, former fifth round pick Cody Payne and a conditional second-round pick. Jagr would share the lead in goals scored with 14 strikes this season and would lead the Bruins with his six power-play goals scored for Dallas this season.
The Stars announced on Twitter that the trade has been made official.
It’s a steal for the Bruins as MacDermid has been a healthy scratch in Boston while looking to have a ceiling of a fourth-line enforcer, and Payne is a right wing still playing in the OHL that registers as a good power forward prospect. But neither of those forwards are on Boston’s list of the Hockey News’ top 10 Bruins prospects, and the conditional second-round pick would only become a first with a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals for Boston -- a cost the Bruins will gladly pay if they get a chance at the Stanley Cup.
Jagr will clearly work on the top power-play unit and could be paired with David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin when on the man advantage.
Interestingly Zdeno Chara and David Krejci were both speaking to each other in a lengthy conversation in a Slavic language when the Bruins dressing room opened up to the media after Tuesday’s morning skate. Krejci didn’t want to say much about Jagr after the skate, but did admit he had posters of No. 68 on his wall growing up as one of the many Czech Republic natives that worshiped Jagr.
“He was the best, you know, for a long time. He’s still one of the best right now. It’s still great to see him doing well at his age,” said Krejci. “I had posters of him on the wall when I was growing up. He was definitely my hockey idol. But that’s all I’ve got right now.”
There’s no question it gives the Bruins an upgrade offensively and on the power play, and it will be instructive to see where he will play among the B’s forward group.
One would expect Jagr will skate with fellow Czech Republic native David Krejci on the top line, and they’ll keep Milan Lucic churning and crashing into bodies on the left wing of that line. That would potentially drop Nathan Horton down to the third line with Rich Peverley for the time being, and then finally give the Bruins three forward lines capable of contributing offensively once Chris Kelly returns from his fractured left tibia.
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News first reported the Jagr trade to Boston was a done deal.
Here are the potential line combos with Jagr in Black and Gold once he makes it to Boston after the deal is made official:
*Once Kelly returns he would slide to center, moving Peverley over to the left wing on the third line.