Jagr: At my age, you don't have many options

Jagr: At my age, you don't have many options
June 26, 2013, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON -- When Jaromir Jagr was traded to the Bruins on April 2, the 14 goals that he scored with Dallas put him in a tie with Brad Marchand for most goals on the team.

Jagr actually took over the team lead in goals during his very first game with the Bruins, as he scored in a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden.

It was a puck that went in off his skate after Marchand sent him a pass out front.

From that point on, Jagr only scored one more goal with the Bruins. And it didn't come in the playoffs.

On Wednesday, Jagr got ready to leave Boston for the final time as a Bruin, since he won't be back next season.

"I don't think I will," said Jagr. "Maybe if I scored 20 goals in the playoffs. I was 20 short."

Jagr didn't score any goals in the playoffs, but he did pick up 10 assists and he bought into Claude Julien's defensive system, which isn't the most ideal style of play for a 41-year-old future Hall-of-Famer known for his offense.

But Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli -- while complimenting Jagr's time with the B's -- made it clear that he was just a rental.

"I told Jaromir that we wouldn’t be signing him," said Chiarelli.

Jagr was asked to reflect on his three months with the Bruins, but the taste of defeat was still too strong, just days after his season ended in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"It's too early to comment on that," said Jagr. "It's just still kind of sad. We lost the last game two days ago, so it's still fresh.

"It was a long ride, but it wasn't the one I wanted. I wanted to win the Stanley Cup. So did everybody here in this room. And it just didn't happen."

Jagr said he missed the second period of Game 6 because of a a shot he received to stop the pain from back and hip injuries.

As for if he'll still be in the NHL next year, Jagr said he'd like to be, and that he's not ready to go back to the Czech Republic just yet. He just doesn't know where in the NHL he'll be.

"At my age, you don't really have many options," said Jagr.

Boston won't be one of them. And while he would have liked it to end with a Stanley Cup, Jagr's time with the Bruins wasn't a failure.

"I thought he was really good," said Chiarelli on Wednesday. "I don’t think Jaromir would say that because -- you guys have talked to him -- he always felt that he could have given us more. I told him today, I said, 'Jaromir, what you did to wear 'D' down was very impressive.' I said, 'I know you didn't score, but the plays that you made, the timely plays that you made, I thought were terrific.' I thought he spread out our power play, which helped our power play. I was real happy with Jaromir. I thought he really helped that cause."