After losing out on Jarome Iginla last week, the Boston Bruins have landed a different veteran right wing likely bound for the Hall of Fame in a trade Tuesday.
The Dallas Stars have traded 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr to the Bruins in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and two prospects. The conditional second-round pick becomes a first-round selection if Boston advances to the Eastern Conference Finals in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"Jaromir Jagr produced as a consistent scorer for our team all year and we would like to thank him for his contributions to our hockey club," Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "With our eye to the future, we have acquired some valuable assets that we believe strengthen our organization."
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he believed he had a deal in place to acquire Iginla from the Calgary Flames on Thursday, but the trade never happened and Iginla was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins instead.
In 34 games this season, Jagr, 41, leads the Stars with 14 goals and 26 points. He has 679 goals and 1,000 assists in 1,380 career games.
"His career speaks for itself," Chiarelli said. "He's a strong player, protects the puck well. It's consistent with our style in the sense that there's a cycle element to his game. He's good on the half-wall. Really good release, shot. He's just a really good player."
Jagr is scheduled to arrive in Boston on Wednesday and could make his debut as a Bruin on Thursday night against New Jersey.
Coach Claude Julien will be happy to add Jagr to one of the NHL's best groups of forwards.
"There's no doubt he’s going to help us. And I think that's the key word, he’s coming to help us, he’s not coming to save us. That’s what people have to understand. He’s a great player, and he still is a great player, but at the same time, if we expect to watch him do the work we’re not going to be going anywhere. We need our team to play better and he’s certainly going to help our team be better.
"To me, he seems to suit our needs and what we’re all about. Again, I know he’s happy to come here and we’ll certainly be happy to have him in our lineup because he’s going to help in a lot of areas."
Jagr should give a boost to a power play that entered Tuesday night's game ranked 24th in the NHL -- six of his 14 goals with the Stars came with the extra man. Jagr can man the right-side half-boards, the goal line, and the area in front of the net.
"In this day and age, in this game, you have to have the strength, body, fortitude - whatever you want to call it - to get to the net, whether it's to take a shot, get there, or protect the puck," Chiarelli said. "Jaromir has that. We're happy to get him in this rich trade market."
The prospects headed to Dallas are forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne. MacDermid, 23, has played eight games with the Bruins over the past two seasons and has not registered a point. He has four goals, two assists and 82 penalty minutes in 37 games with Providence of the American Hockey League.
Payne, 19, was the Bruins' fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft. In 66 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, he had 24 goals and 45 points.
"Both those kids bring an element that I think is much needed within our group - a little grit, a little brawn and brash," Nieuwendyk said. "MacDermid is a big, 6-3 left winger that brings an element of toughness to our lineup. Cody Payne is a gritty right winger. He's a big kid as well. He has a scoring touch, has different elements to his game. Both those kids will be added to the pool of young kids that we have in our system."
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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