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Jagr rules out Bruins, Canadiens

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Jagr rules out Bruins, Canadiens

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.

Kenny Agostino's OT goal lifts Bruins over Flyers

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Kenny Agostino's OT goal lifts Bruins over Flyers

BOSTON – The Bruins continued to pick up wins in the preseason by all different methods. 

On Thursday night it was a bit of an ugly, penalty-filled affair with the Flyers, but the Bruins improved to 3-0-0 in the preseason with a 2-1 overtime victory behind a Kenny Agostino breakaway goal on a nifty double-move in the extra session. 

Agostino finished with the game-winner and a couple of points after feeding Postma for his game-tying strike in the third period as well.

The Flyers took the initial lead in the third period on a seemingly innocuous play that started with Matt Grzelcyk and Paul Postma getting caught chasing the puck in transition. Travis Sanheim fired a shot from the outside of the left circle and somehow got the perimeter attempt past Tuukka Rask after he’d stopped the first 21 shots he’d faced through two periods. 

Postma made up for any miscues immediately afterward when he fired a bomb from the high point that shot that rocketed past Brian Elliott for the game-tying goal. The Postma score came immediately after Grzelcyk was stuffed on his own scoring attempt after a nice Danton Heinen feed set him up directly in front of the net. 

Otherwise Thursday night’s preseason game was about the face-off violations that slowed the game to a crawl, and the ridiculous seven slashing penalty calls made as the NHL looks to crack down on their enforcement of potentially dangerous slashing plays.