Jagr 'certainly upgrades our club,' says Neely

Jagr 'certainly upgrades our club,' says Neely
April 2, 2013, 5:45 pm
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BOSTON -- The addition of Jaromir Jagr "certainly upgraded our hockey club," says Bruins president Cam Neely, who hopes the addition of the 41-year-old left wing will give the team the offensive boost it needs.

"Offensively, he's put up numbers year after year; he's still doing it," Neely told Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti today on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger & Mazz' show. "He's a big body, he protects the puck extremely well . . . he'll help us on the power play.

"So all those things combined made it fairly easy for us to try and acquire him."

The Bruins traded forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne, along with a conditional second-round pick in the 2013 draft, to Dallas for Jagr. The pick will become a first-round selection if Boston advances to this year's Eastern Conference finals.

A career 679-goal scorer over his 19-year NHL career, Jagr had 14 goals and 12 assists for the Stars this season.

"He'll be inserted in various lines just to see where the best fit may be," said Neely. "Right now, [Nathan] Horton's got it going and [David] Krejci's played fairly well, pretty consistent, throughout the year, so I would assume that he may start on a different line than that. But you never know where things will shake out. We'll have 13 games after tonight and we'll see what makes the best fit and gives us the best chance to get production from all three lines . . .

"He's certainly going to help us offensively."