Just when it seemed that the Boston Bruins were going to move on from veteran winger Jaromir Jagr, there appears to be a sudden switch in tone. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told media outlets yesterday that he “may revisit” bringing back Jagr before the start of the next season.
This all comes in light of Nathan Horton‘s decision to pursue free agency options, as stated by his agent. Most likely due to money, Horton is not pleased with staying in Boston and is seriously considering signing with another team.
During his short time in Boston, Jagr put up some decent numbers. He had 10 assists in all 22 playoff games. On the other hand, he was unable to score a goal, which, combined with his age, contributed to Chiarelli’s decision to let him go. If the Bruins are unable to sign a suitable replacement for Jagr, such as David Clarkson, then Bruins fans may see Jagr at the beginning of the season.
There are some other teams on the lookout for a veteran, like Jagr, that would be willing to pick him up, such as the Edmonton Oilers. As the youngest team in the league, they could use Jagr for his leadership, as well as his offensive production.
However, he may want to wait it out before making a decison. These are the last few years of his career and it’s hard to imagine he does not have ambitions to win the Stanley Cup before he retires. Boston, it would seem, may be the best solution for both parties.
Tim N. is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou