BOSTON – The Bruins broke things off with 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr during their exit interviews last week, but the departure of Nathan Horton may be giving them some second thoughts.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted that he’s tempted to “circle back” on the future Hall of Famer as part of the potential solution at right wing headed into next season. With the possible exits of both Horton and Jagr, that means that two of the top three right wings on the Bruins roster will have to be replaced during the offseason.
Chiarelli indicated he’s discussing trades and with potential free agents during an exclusive two-day interview window before free agency opens on July 5. One of those conversations may be with Jagr.
“You know, actually, we have thought of circling back. We told him we're moving on so he may have moved on also. It’s something that we may revisit,” said Chiarelli. “[Jagr] is on a list of a bunch of guys. When I talk about reconstructing the right side, maybe we can get some youth in there too in addition to an older guy."
“When I say older it’s relatively speaking. It’s just older than a youthful player. It could be old now. Twenty-eight [years old] is the old 32. It’s all relative.”
The mullet-headed legend used his big 6-foot-3, 240-pound body and creative playmaking mind to put up 2 goals and 7 assists in 11 regular season games with the Bruins after arriving via trade, and he had 10 assists along with a minus-1 rating in 22 playoff games for Boston.
The 41-year-old also had his quirky moments pulling shifts short because he wasn’t happy with his stick, or taking extended, long shifts on the ice while looking to cherry pick for offensive opportunities.
But both his ability to make plays happen in the offensive zone and wear down defensemen with his size and strength around the net were undeniable assets to the Black and Gold.
Jagr spoke of a desire to remain playing hockey while collecting his gear last week at TD Garden, and could certainly be in line for another one-year, $3.5 million deal after putting up 16 goals and 35 points in 45 games between Dallas and Boston last season.