Scrolling Headlines:

Luwane Pipkins leads the UMass men’s basketball shooting show in 101-76 win over Niagara -

November 19, 2017

UMass to face tough test with Niagara backcourt -

November 19, 2017

Hockey Notebook: John Leonard on an early season tear for UMass hockey -

November 18, 2017

Clock runs out on UMass men’s soccer’s dream season in NCAA opener -

November 17, 2017

2017 Basketball Special Issue -

November 16, 2017

UMass men’s basketball prepares for transitional season in 2017-18 -

November 16, 2017

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses how history and humanity is remembered -

November 16, 2017

CMASS completes seven-week discussion series -

November 16, 2017

UMass women’s basketball resets and reloads, looking to improve on last year’s record with plenty of new talent -

November 16, 2017

Matt McCall’s winding path to bring unity to UMass -

November 16, 2017

Carl Pierre is a piece to Matt McCall’s basketball program -

November 16, 2017

Why they stayed: Malik Hines, Chris Baldwin and C.J. Anderson -

November 16, 2017

McConnell chooses politics over morals -

November 16, 2017

Swipe right for love? Probably not. -

November 16, 2017

‘The Florida Project’ is a monument to the other side of paradise -

November 16, 2017

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ doesn’t have to be the best Marvel movie -

November 16, 2017

Thursday’s NCAA tournament rematch between UMass men’s soccer and Colgate will be a battle of adjustments -

November 15, 2017

Veteran belonging and the decline of American communities discussed by journalist and author at Amherst College -

November 15, 2017

‘UMass Cares About Cancer’ Hosts Blanket Making Event -

November 15, 2017

UMass women’s basketball heads to North Dakota for two games -

November 15, 2017

Bruins’ Jaromir Jagr sets stage for playoff run

Samuel Adams Boston Jagr.

The nickname that never was, now has a fighting chance thanks to the Boston Bruins’ acquisition of forward Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars — the scoring threat that Boston has been looking for to increase its hopes for its second Stanley Cup Championship in the past three years.

MCT

After losing out on the sweepstakes for Calgary Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston (23-8-4) filled its need for a veteran presence by dealing wingers Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a conditional second round draft pick to the Stars (16-16-3) in exchange for the 41-year-old Jagr.

Jagr led Dallas in scoring with 26 points on 14 goals in 34 games this season, but Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk told NHL.com that the Czech Republic native’s departure was necessary for his rebuilding team.

“With our eye to the future, we have acquired some valuable assets that we believe strengthen our organization,” Nieuwendyk told NHL.com.

While Dallas — which sits at 13 in the Western Conference, three points behind the eighth-seeded St. Louis Blues — has time to rally with 13 games remaining, the Bruins are on pace to qualify for the playoffs with ease.

As the current fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, Boston is likely to reap Jagr’s benefits the most when rally towels are waving in a best of seven series.

Skating on the Philadelphia Flyers’ top line last year along with Claude Giroux, Jagr was able to boost his linemate’s point total by 17, as well as groom younger players like Wayne Simmonds, who saw a 19 point jump from the previous year’s scoring.

With Jagr’s help, the Flyers reached the conference semi-finals, before getting eliminated by the New Jersey Devils in five games.

With burgeoning Bruins star and last year’s leading team scorer, 21-year-old Tyler Seguin, as a teammate — who plays a similar role to Giroux — Jagr will have the opportunity to fine-tune Seguin’s game with veteran experience and impart his knowledge on the rest of the young offensive core.

After captaining the New York Rangers in the 2007-08 season, Jagr had a stint abroad, playing with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, as well as representing his home country on the ice after being unable to generate NHL interest.

Making his North American comeback during the 2011-2012 campaign, Jagr posted 54 points in 74 games before signing a one-year $4.5 million contract with the Stars in the offseason.

Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that despite his age, Jagr’s ability and attitude are “consistent with the Bruins’ style of play.”

“His game is still a strong power game,” Chiarelli said. “You watch him play and still see a lot of what you used to see in him.”

Comparing Jagr’s role to that of former Boston winger Mark Recchi, Chiarelli said that a player who has won multiple Stanley Cups brings intangibles.

“You don’t have to be the guy, but you’re an important piece and you can band together with your teammates,” Chiarelli said. “You’ve got the experience, you’ve got a certain skill set, size or whatever you want to call it that will benefit the rest of the group. But really, you’ve won, you have experience and you want to win still. That was an important question and he was very receptive to that.”

With a desire to have four strong lines, Chiarelli said that Jagr is open to playing alongside Rich Peverley or David Krejci on the third or fourth line, but the situation will vary based on team needs.

Peter Cappiello can be reached at pcappiel@student.umass.edu and followed on Twitter @MDC_Cappiello.

Leave A Comment