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

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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 Recall Jordan Szwarz From Providence

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The Boston Bruins recalled forward Jordan Szwarz from the AHL Providence Bruins on Friday per General Manager Don Sweeney.

Szwarz’s recall is strictly on an emergency basis. The 26-year-old forward has three assists in 10 games with Boston in 2017-18 with the majority of his playing time this season coming in Providence.

For the P-Bruins he has a team-high 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points with an impressive plus-25 rating in 34 games.

Szwarz who is from Burlington, Ontario has appeared in 45 career NHL games tallying four goals and three assists for seven points with 21 penalty minutes.

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Boston Bruins Need To Stay Away From Ryan McDonagh

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Bruins Need To Look To Future And Not The Now

Recently the talks between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins about a trade involving Rick Nash and/or Ryan McDonagh have heated up. Now, these would be great players to add to this team if that is the direction the team wanted to go. The only problem is that Sweeney and Neely have been pushing for youth. If this is the case then it should stay that way.

Also, it seems like the asking price for either of the two is Carlo a prospect and a high-round (1st or 2nd) pick. That is too much for two guys getting closer to the end of their career than the start. McDonagh is 28, Nash is 33. Both are a bit too old for the direction the Bruins want to go. The league is all about youth right now. Right now the Bruins have that and a lot of it.

This is also why some people do not see this as a problem. The problem is that they may be obliged to make a move. Thre is no need to make a move if there is no reason for one. Boston Has improved their defensive game a ton this year and bringing a new guy could mess with that.

I do not want to see the Bruins try and win now just because they are hot. I do not think they could beat the Capitals, Lightning or Pittsburg at this point in a series. Also, the Bruins are still a bit behind top teams in the west. An entire series with one would be difficult to come out on top. They should just stick with what they have and plan for the future.

Boston will still be able to make a decent playoff push this year but all the way seems like a bit of a stretch. The cup within the next five years is within reach if they stay the course.

All we can do is hope that Cam and Don decide to do the right thing when they are called upon.

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Boston Bruins Should Stay Quiet At Trade Deadline

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Boston Bruins Have Some Decision Making To Do With Pending

Trade Deadline

Boston Bruins this year have impressed many and surprised even more with their success. The thought of the club being second in the Atlantic was not even though at the beginning of the year. Patrice Bergeron and the B’s have found some chemistry and have been winning left and right including an 18 game point streak. Now comes the question of do they make a trade? Trades are not always made to better the team but as we have seen the B’s so many times they are used to free up some money.

The Bruins are tight on money, The biggest issue is David Krejci at $7.25 million and Torey Krug at $5.25 million. These are the two players taking a ton of cap space with not a great return. While Krejci is having a better year than last his play has been falling off for years. Then with Krug his play in his own end has seems to be getting worse. Krug is a zero on the plus/minus scale while Zdeno Chara is plus 27, and Chara plays a ton of PK.

Trade Rumors

There have been whispers that the Bruins are talking with Ryan McDonagh as well as Edmonton Oilers Winger Patrick Maroon. Maroon, absolutely not he is the wrong direction the team wants to go. With McDonagh maybe if the price is right. The only way is if Krug McQuaid and/or Miller is moved. Matt Grzelcyk has proved that he deserves a spot on this team while Krug has blundered. Look for Krug to be shopped if the B’s do want to make a move.

Trading Block:

Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Jake Debrusk, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, Danton Heinen, Torey Krug, David Krejci with the waive of his no-move clause.

This team should stick with what they have and make it better rather than trading for a rental and going out early. Neeley and Sweeny have said time and time again they want the kids to play. So far so good, and why change something that is not broken.

Tanner’s Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara

I am not sold on this years team and think Don Sweeney should be focused on winning later rather than getting bounced early now.

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