While Jaromir Jagr never did get around to meeting with the media on Wednesday, the 41-year-old NHL legend did make it to TD Garden Wednesday night along with his hockey equipment in tow. Jagr was spotted at the Garden during the Boston Celtics game getting ready for Thursday’s morning skate at the home of the Bruins, and general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated that both the future Hall of Famer and former Ottawa Senators shootout specialist Kaspars Daugavins will be available for duty against the New Jersey Devils.
It will be interesting to see what happens when all those new personalities mesh with the current crop of Bruins.
“Any time you add new players, it’s going to affect the chemistry,” said Chiarelli. “I know Wade [Redden] and I have no issues there. I don’t know [Jagr], but in talking to other people that do know him I don’t think we’ll have any issues there.
“We added a younger player in Daugavins. We’re adding older players. They’ve got the experience.”
Clearly the Bruins want to get Jagr right into the lineup after sending a second round draft pick and a pair of prospects to Dallas in exchange for him, and he’ll help soften the blow of Patrice Bergeron’s absence from Thursday night’s game.
But that injury also means Daugavins will probably be making his Bruins debut, and perhaps playing center as Chiarelli also indicated that there won’t be any players called from Providence in Bergeron’s absence. Daugavins can play center as well as the wing, and that might allow him to be slid into a third line pivot role if Rich Peverley is shifted up in the lineup.
There’s also the option of finally switching Tyler Seguin over to center with Bergeron missing some time. Seguin has clearly stepped up his defensive game and his compete level over the course of the season, and it might be time to see what the 21-year-old can do manning the pivot of a top-six line.
While both Jagr and Daugavins should be in the lineup, Chiarelli also indicated that newly acquired defenseman Wade Redden might not make it into Boston in time for morning skate and Thursday night’s game. But the Bruins currently have a large group of capable defensemen, so it’s not as dire an emergency as it is up front.