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The deal for two prospects and a draft pick came six days after the Bruins thought they obtained forward Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames, only to learn Iginla had been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“As you progress in years, obviously your skill set and other things … lessen,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said, “but (Jagr‘s) game is still the strong power game and he’s leading the (Stars) in scoring and you watch him play and you see a lot of what you used to see in him.
“I’m confident that Jaromir will accept whatever role he’s given.”
With wings Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton underachieving on offense this season, one of them could be dropped to the third line to make room for Jagr.
“Obviously, there’s a need on the third line, but he’s got a higher-line pedigree,” Chiarelli said. “What I said to Jaromir was that we pride ourselves on four strong lines and he’s an important part but not the (main) part to the success. So he can be on the third line.”
“In this process, through this player and the other player (Iginla), this whole trade period, teams have been asking for a lot of our different prospects,” Chiarelli said. “If (there’s) anything I can take away from this, it’s that our prospects have some good value.”
Entering Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators, Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 14 goals and Patrice Bergeron was first with 31 points. Jagr, who is expected to join the Bruins on Wednesday, has 679 career goals.
With the trade deadline coming Wednesday and the Stars in 12th place in the Western Conference, they decided to trade a player who could become a free agent after the season.
“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.”
Jagr has won five scoring titles, 1998-99 league MVP honors and Stanley Cups in his first two NHL seasons, with the Penguins in 1990-91 and 1991-92, after they took him with the fifth pick in the 1990 draft.
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