Jagr has already made his presence felt by scoring the one and only goal in the Bruins’ 1-0 win over the Devils on Thursday.
It was clear that the struggling Boston Bruins needed to do something at the trade deadline to improve their team. Their sub-par play over the last few weeks had many fans, including me, very worried. Many of us thought that Jarome Iginla was going to be the answer, and that was about to be true, until the Pittsburgh Penguins came in and stole him at the last second. There was no time to sulk over Iginla, however, we still needed to make a move. That move was made on April 2nd when the Bruins sent forwards Lane Macdermid and Cody Payne, as well as a conditional second round draft pick to the Dallas Stars in exchange for 41 year old Jaromir Jagr. Don’t let the age fool you, Jagr is still a quality NHL goal scorer with great hands and an uncanny ability to find the back of the net. He certainly is not the prolific superstar he was 10 years ago, but he can still score. Jagr has 15 goals and 12 assists this season in 35 games. He made an immediate impact by scoring the game winning goal off his skate in his first game as a Bruin against the New Jersey Devils. I believe Jagr will help the Bruins offense immensely, and is a great addition to the team. Hopefully the play of Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton will improve as well; they have been rather disappointing this season. Jagr will certainly add offensive depth to this team that needs it desparately. This was a quality trade that greatly increases the Bruins chances of going deep into the playoffs.
- Jonathan Duncan