The NHL trade deadline isn’t until Wednesday at 3 p.m., but action picked up Tuesday as the Boston Bruins acquired ex-Washington Capitals right wing Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars, according to multiple reports.
Jagr’s price was a draft pick and two prospects, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. At 41 years old, the right wing has 14 goals and 12 assists this season.
The Stars also traded center Derek Roy to the Vancouver Canucks.
Boston got Jagr less than a week after missing out on Jarome Iginla, who decided he’d rather play for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“Bruins have all the parts we just need some pieces Jagr and Krecji would be magic trust me and pp would improve immensely,” injured Bruins forward Marc Savard posted on Twitter last week.
Jagr made sense as a rental for any playoff contender, but there was no chance of his returning to the Caps. Owner Ted Leonsis, general manager George McPhee and coach Adam Oates were all around for his brief tenure in Washington, and that did not go well.
The Caps made two moves Tuesday, signing University of Minnesota defenseman Nate Schmidt to a two-year, entry-level contract. The Caps announced he will practice Wednesday.
Rosters can expand beyond 23 at midnight. Schmidt gives the Caps 11 defensemen, just counting those at the NHL level. They already had Karl Alzner, Mike Green, John Carlson, John Erskine, Jeff Schultz, Jack Hillen, Steve Oleksy, Tomas Kundratek, Dmitry Orlov and Tom Poti.
Schmidt is a left-handed shot, joining Alzner, Erskine, Schultz, Hillen, Orlov and Poti. Hershey Bears defenseman Cameron Schilling is also a lefty.
The 21-year-old Schmidt had nine goals and 23 assists in 40 games for the Gophers this season.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s utilized by Washington in an NHL lineup from the get go,” Corey Pronman wrote for Hockey Prospectus . “If you don’t count Orlov as a prospect anymore, Schmidt instantly becomes the top young defense prospect in the Capitals organization.”
The Caps also reacquired enforcer Joel Rechlicz from the Phoenix Coyotes for minor league forward Matt Clackson. Rechlicz, who played three games for Dale Hunter last season, will report to Hershey of the American Hockey League.
Washington’s opponent Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes, bolstered their blue line by acquiring defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a seventh-round pick and forward Adam Hall. Barring travel woes, Bergeron was expected to be in the Hurricanes’ lineup against the Caps.
“I’m familiar with him from being with him in Montreal,” Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. “His specialty is the power play and we all know that we need help on there on the blue line.”