On paper, 40-year-old Jaromir Jagr made some sense as a member of the Bruins in a third-line role to give them a Recchi type veteran forward with high capabilities for leadership, offense and power-play production.
The potential teaming of Czech products Jagr and David Krejci in Boston next season was particularly tantalizing.
But according to a source with knowledge of the proceedings, Jagr isnt interested in playing for the Bruins or Montreal Canadiens as he seeks a new home among the 21 suitors his agent claims have reached out for theCzech legends services.
Jagr is apparently adamant that he wants to play in a top-six forward role with his new team. That would be an obvious issue with a Bruins team that appears stacked among their top two lines provided Nathan Horton is 100 percent healthy.
Jagr also is said to have a 4 million asking price that was an issue with the Canadiens. Still, the future Hall of Famer also appears to be wary of the kind of intense media attention he would command in a hockey hotbed like Montreal.
According to that same source, Jagr is talking to the Dallas Stars about a potential spot with them after they signed fellow 40-year-old Ray Whitney to a two-year, 9 million contract two days ago at the start of NHL free agency. Dallas has the cap space and could potentially guarantee him the top-six forward spot that he's searching for in his new NHL landing spot.
Jagr had 19 goals, 54 points and 20 power play points in 73 games for the Flyers last season, and could still be a very useful offensive piece for an NHL team already boasting a playoff-worthy roster.
The Bruins have three players headed to the IIHF Hockey World Championship, which begin this weekend in Russia.
Brad Marchand was invited to play for Team Canada early on in the process, coming off his 37-goal season for the Bruins. Last week the Czech Republic added 19-year-old right wing David Pastrnak to their squad with plans to skate on a line with the Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec.
And Frank Vatrano -- who scored a total of 44 goals between Boston and Providence in this, his first full professional season -- was added to the Team USA roster this week. Vatrano, 22, confirmed it on his own Twitter account on Tuesday night prior to hopping on a flight bound for Russia:
Torey Krug played for Team USA last season, but was unavailable this time around after undergoing right shoulder surgery just a couple of weeks ago that will have him sidelined until late October.
Vatrano is one of four Massachusetts players on this year's version of Team USA. The others are Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon, Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin and Devils D-man David Warsofsky.
Both Marchand and Pastrnak previously suited up for their countries in the World Junior championships, and Vatrano played in the U.S. National Team Development Program prior to playing college hockey at the University of Massachusetts. Vatrano also previously represented the U.S. at the 2012 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic, where he helped Team USA claim the gold medal.
The IIHF Men's World Championships will start Friday and run until May 22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. It features featuring many of the NHL players that aren’t participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Ahead of the expansion draft, teams may look to get something in return for players they’d otherwise lose for nothing.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while giving a warm May the Fourth Be With You to everybody out there.
*Mike Francesa has declared sports radio war on former New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, and it’s getting ugly folks.
*A humbled Bruce Boudreau, who really didn’t need to be humbled given what a nice man he is, will have a long line of NHL suitors interested in his services.
*The Northeastern University hockey team has gone to some extremes with their pregame wrestling matches.
*Pro Hockey Talk asks the question: if there’s an expansion draft, which goaltender should the Penguins protect given what’s going on in their playoff series?
*A really nice gesture within the PHT morning skate with Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper going to bat for a Lightning beat reporter that finds himself out of a job.
*Max Domi had a very memorable rookie season even if it didn’t end with any serious consideration for the Calder Trophy.
*The Nashville Predators got a little better this week with the decision to kick Mike Ribeiro up into the press box.
*For something completely different: these Han Solo uniform jerseys for the Durham Bulls’ Star Wars Night are the freakin’ truth.