As the NHL trade deadline came and went, the Boston Bruins made a few moves that have created some buzz on the streets of Boston and in the Bruins locker room. The main acquisition for the Bruins was right winger and future hall of famer, Jaromir Jagr. Boston acquired the right winger from the Dallas Stars in exchange for prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne and a conditional draft pick.
“I’m going to a good team; they won two years ago, the Stanley Cup. They didn’t make many changes, so the team looks kind of the same,” Jagr said and then added, “Hopefully, I can help them to another Cup.”
Bruins personnel, players, and fans are hoping the same thing. Although Jagr was obtained from the Stars before Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, Thursday was his first game for the Black and Gold.
Lost in all the Jagr talk was the fact that the Bruins also landed veteran defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues. Redden, whose play has declined, especially in the past few years, will hopefully help Boston’s depleted blue line. Boston hopes that being united with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will help to spark Redden’s play (the two played together in Ottawa).
Due to an injury to Bruins’ center Patrice Bergeron (out with a concussion), Jagr skated on a line with Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand. The line felt each other out in the first period, trying to get comfortable skating with one another.
“With a guy like Jagr,” Seguin said, “we talked all night, trying to build that chemistry.”
That chemistry would react and pay dividends for the Bruins when a Marchand shot deflected off of Jagr’s leg and past New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur just 1:20 into the second period to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
“Sometimes you have to be lucky to score,” Jagr said, adding quickly, “I think that’s the first time I scored with my leg. When I was twenty-five I probably wouldn’t have liked that goal but at forty-one I’ll take anything.”
That ‘anything’ would be all the offense Boston would need as they went on to beat the Devils 1-0.
“I’m glad we won the game,” Jagr said with a smile on his face.