First the Boston Bruins went after Brenden Morrow, who went to the Pittsburgh Penguins instead. Then the team believed they had a deal for Jarome Iginla . . . who also ended up with the Penguins.
With the trade deadline closing in, the Bruins pried hockey legend Jaromir Jagr away from the Dallas Stars for a conditional draft pick and prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne.
The Stars get Boston's second-round pick in the coming NHL Draft. But if the Bruins win two playoff rounds this season, that turns into a first-round pick.
MacDermid is a big, physical forward with limited offensive upside. Payne, another big forward, flashed some offensive potential at Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League.
Jagr, 41, has scored 26 points in 34 Dallas games this season. He scored eight points in his last five games before this trade sent him back to the East Coast.
He is playing under an expiring contract but has shown interest in playing again next season. It will be interesting to see if Boston opts to re-up him while letting other players depart.