The story budded and spread as quickly as wildfire earlier today–and Boston Bruins fans were hesitant to believe the news before it was officially confirmed by the team’s Twitter account–but yes, it is now completely official: Jaromir Jagr is a Boston Bruin.
Wow, it’s strange to write that sentence, but it’s true. Jagr, who was on the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins team that beat the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final (he also had a teammate named Mark Recchi at the time), is now a man of the Spoked B. Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne were sent to the Dallas Stars as the other half of the trade. The Stars also pick up a conditional second round pick in the 2013 draft that transforms into a first-rounder if the Bruins make it to the Eastern Conference Final.
Jagr will wear his signature number 68, which is a reference to his grandfather, who died in a Czech prison during the 1968 Prague Spring rebellion. He’s expected to join the Bruins tomorrow.
His career, as his new general manager Peter Chiarelli explained, speaks for itself. I won’t try to summarize it all here, save to say that he’s got two Stanley Cup rings, has been to 12 All-Star Games, won the Art Ross Trophy five times, 10-time winner of an award for the best Czech player, is in the Triple Gold Club with his teammate Patrice Bergeron, is eighth place all-time in league points and so on and so on. But here’s a fun fact: he was drafted in 1990, before three of his teammates (Jordan Caron, Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton) were even born. He also becomes, at age 41, the oldest member of the Bruins.
Though he’s not exactly a spring chicken, he’s still productive. Before the trade, he actually led the Stars in goals and points. He’s also rather good at scoring on the power play, something that hasn’t been among Boston’s strengths.
Oh, and by the way? Marc Savard proves himself prophetic yet again.
Bruins have all the parts we just need some pieces Jagr and Krecji would be magic trust me and pp would improve immensely
— marc savard (@MSavvy91) March 28, 2013
He tweeted that on March 28. Five days later, it came true! Also, Chiarelli said that in doing his research on Jagr, he did indeed speak to fellow Czech David Krejci as well as the Slovakian Zdeno Chara, both of whom had “good conversations” with him.
Is this all that Chiarelli is going to do ahead of the trade deadline tomorrow? He might not be done yet.
PC on making more moves: “it’s never done–we’ll see what happens. if there’s someone who we think will help us, we’ll bring them in”^CS
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 2, 2013
Stay tuned for more.