Bruins eager to renew acquaintances with Jagr

Bruins eager to renew acquaintances with Jagr
March 18, 2014, 5:45 pm
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NEWARK, N.J. -- The Bruins are certainly looking forward to renewing acquaintances with certified NHL legend Jaromir Jagr when they suit up against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on Tuesday night.

The 42-year-old future Hall of Famer -- the B's big trade-deadline acquisition last season -- leads the Devils with 36 assists, 58 points and a plus-15 this season. The Bruins lost to Jagr and the Devils earlier this season in one of New Jersey's best wins of the year in one of the first games against Boston lost Dennis Seidenberg for the season, so the B's should be ready to play.

They'll also be ready with a friendly word or two for Jagr when they take the ice for pregame warmups.

"[He's] a great player," said Brad Marchand. "He's one of the best to ever play the game for a reason. He might have lost a step on his stride, but he's still very dangerous on the power play. We realized when we got him last year that he helped our power play a lot. You've got to give it to him. He's playing great for an older guy.

"I felt like a little super-fan around him. He's a legend. You always felt that way when you were playing with him. It was a good experience. I'll always be able to tell my kids, and my grand kids, that I got to play with Jaromir Jagr."

Jagr had 2 goals and 7 points in 11 regular-season games with the Bruins last year, but memorably couldn't score even a single goal in 21 playoff games.

But, clearly, Marchand and the rest of the Bruins took something from being around the outsized personality of Jagr, and have their own stories to tell of his impish personality, legendary workout habits, and the late-night skating sessions . . . along with his miraculous ability to keep up with players half his age in the greatest hockey league in the world.