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.