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Boston Bruins Should Make A Play For Jagr If Young Kids Fail



Boston Bruins Should Make A Play For Jagr If Young Kids Fail

Let us talk about Jaromir Jagr. Jagr is 45-years-old and is currently a free agent. The future hall of famer has drawn little interest from teams, but if you are the Boston Bruins, why not.

The winger played for Boston back in 2012-13 after being traded from Dallas and played in 11 games with 2 goals and 7 assists with 18:27 ATOI. Very solid numbers from a then 40-year-old. After Boston the future hall of famer played a season and a half with the New Jersey Devils before playing 2.5 seasons with the Florida Panthers.

Last year for the Florida Panthers he played in 82 games scoring 16 goals and 30 assists with a 17:00 ATOI. 82 games is a big number for someone in his mid 40’s. But Jagr has still shown he is a capable NHL forward. One criticism you could have is he plays slower. And for this Boston Bruins team, there is a role for that. That role is alongside center David Krejci.

Krejci tends to slow the game down and does best with a veteran forward on his wing. Typically he success came with Milan Lucic who is a power forward, something Jagr is not. But if the Boston Bruins go into camp next month and see some of the young players not being ready, why not call upon a living legend?

If sometime next month players like Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork, and Jesse Gabrielle find themselves looking too raw, putting him on Krecji’s left wing with David Pastrnak on the right makes sense. Jagr knows how to play, he already commands respect, he is familiar with some of your players, and he is a winner.

He has 208 playoff games under his belt with 201 points scored in them. He might have hit more posts than anything in the Boston Bruins 2012-13 playoff run, but even with the hockey gods not looking favorably down on him he still managed 10 assists for the B’s.

This is a forward with a ton of miles on him, but he is still available, which means he is going to come on the cheap. His game at the moment could mesh well with Krecji where a young kid might just zip by him causing Krejci to once again have a below average season. Jagr isn’t some average 40+ hockey player, he is making his case for being one of the greatest off all time. In all of his years he only had the honor of partaking in 2 Stanley Cups, one in 1991 and the other in 1992, both with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Part of the reason I believe he is still out there is his drive to find a team that could bring him his third before he hangs up his skates. If that is the case, Boston might not be in his mind. But when you look at this years team, the youth movement going on, you can’t help but wonder, what if #68 was there teaching these kids the ropes. And hell, who wouldn’t love an all Czech line.

Chances of a Jagr signing though are low, but it is August and there isn’t any other real hockey news. For now, we wait on our new Boston Bruins podcast and the eventual signing of Pastrnak.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Bruins Going Down Quick, Spooner and McQuaid Hurt



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The Boston Bruins season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan so far. As of the writing of this post the team is 2-3 on their season. Not exactly a deep hole, but the way they have gotten to it is mildly concerning.

Injuries have plagued the team thus far with players like Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, and Torey Krug missing time to start the season. But on Sunday the injuries continued to pile up with forward Ryan Spooner and defensemen Adam McQuaid going down against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Spooner went down in the second period having suffered a lower-body injury after just 6:42 ice time. In five games he has one assist as the primary third line center. If Spooner is down for an extended period of time it looks like Austin Czarnik will get the first crack in his place. This year is crucial to Spooner’s career with it likely being his last real shot at proving himself to Boston.

Spooner’s injury was not realized on TV and was only noticed after the second period was concluded. McQuaid, on the other hand, was visibly in pain and had to be helped off the ice. McQuaid went down in the third period after going to block a Colin Miller slap shot that hit him in the inner knee.

The Boston Bruins have until Thursday to get ready for their next game which will be against the Vancouver Canucks at home in TD Garden.

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Boston Bruins Defeat The Arizona Coyotes End Losing Streak



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Boston Bruins Veterans Respond to Bruce Cassidy‘s Call Out And Step Up

Boston came into this game looking to end a two-game losing streak. Once again Patrice Bergeron was absent from the roster. This was a must-win game.

The game started off really bad. The team looked terrible. Passes were not connecting the breakouts were atrocious. first period summary in one word. Awful. Luckily the B’s were able to salvage a goal off David Pastrnak‘s hip.

Then is the second it was like a completely different team. Not sure what Bruce said in that locker room but it sure worked. Boston came out in full scoring just 1:39 into the second with a power play goal from Jake Debrusk. Zdeno Chara followed up Debrusk just a few minutes later with a goal of his own to give the Bruins a two-goal lead. This was Chara’s third point of the night. The goal also put him on a list of legends. The list is Bruins Players who have scored at the age of 40. The other being Johnny “the chief” Bucyk, Mark Recchi, and Jaromir Jagr.

After that, the teams continued to trade chances as both goalies came up big. Brad Marchand then found himself on a breakaway and put the team up three with the B’s fourth goal of the game. The Black and Gold were able to hold the Coyotes and head into the third with a nice three-goal cushion.

The third was relatively quiet for most of it. Arizona had some pressure early on but Anton Khidobin made some key saves. Chances were traded by both teams the Arizona went on the power play late in the third and got a goal back from Oliver Eckman-Larsson.

23 seconds later Tim Schaller answered with another B’s goal to keep a three-goal lead. Boston then goes on the power play and put the nail in the coffin with a goal from Anders Bjork. This is Bjork’s first career goal.

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The Bruins will head to Vegas to take on the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time. The game is at 7 pm and will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the Sports Hub.

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Boston Bruins Season Just Started No Need To Jump Ship



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The Fans Need To Relax

Boston Bruins fans have already started to jump ship after just three games. It is only three games and it the start of the season. We knew this could happen. Can the Bruins find their game?

Off To A Tough Start

The main problem is the B’s have been missing star center and “captain” Patrice Bergeron to a lower-body injury. Bergeron has been the centerpiece of the team for a long time now. The only problem with that is he is getting old. His age and injury history is starting to put more pressure on other guys like Ryan Spooner, David Krejci who also has a history of injuries as well as being up there in age and the rookies. This has shown in the past two games against Colorado, especially defensively.

This a very young Bruins team, the average would be on of the lowest in the league if it was not for old guys like Zdeno Chara and David Backes. Which means mistakes are going to happen. Now, these mistakes have to lead to two loses but that does not mean that this is a bad team. We need to remember that this is Bruce Cassidy first full year as Head coach. He and the players need to build confidence in each other as well as the players with the other players. Hockey is a game of chemistry and the Bruins are clearly lacking some.

What also has not helped them is the missing David Backes who would have served as the number one center in place of Bergy. With him out the B’s are really lacking that veteran leadership on the ice and in the locker room. This has made Cassidy make a bunch of line switches which messes with the chemistry.

This lack of chemistry is what has led to the defensive breakdowns and the missed passes and goals. Now is not the time to jump ship tough as it is still early and the team is developing that chemistry. Bergeron is rumored ready to go for Saturday so if that happens it should bring a spark to the lineup.

When To Panic

The time to panic would be late November early December and the ten is under .500. Then Panic and jump ship. When the defense continues to be sub-par. These past two games the defense has just not been there leaving Tuukka Rask out to dry. There has been to many second opportunities for the opposing team.

The offense is not doing any better. The forwards seem to lack sharpness in their play. The passes are often not on target and not crisp. Hopefully the Black and Gold can get their act together sooner rather than later. This is starting to become a very interesting season.

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