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Bruins' consolation prize? Jagr

Stars' fire sale continues, as Roy off to Canucks as well

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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, hoping the 10th-leading goal scorer in NHL history can improve their shaky offence even at age 41.

His peak years far behind him, Jagr still should boost the Bruins' weak power play as they gear up for the playoffs after missing out on their first choice to improve their attack.

The deal for two prospects and a draft pick came six days after the Bruins thought they obtained forward Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames, only to learn Iginla had been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"As you progress in years, obviously your skill set and other things... lessen," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said, "but (Jagr's) game is still the strong power game and he's leading the (Stars) in scoring and you watch him play and you see a lot of what you used to see in him.

"I'm confident that Jaromir will accept whatever role he's given."

With wings Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton underachieving on offence this season, one of them could be dropped to the third line to make room for Jagr.

"Obviously, there's a need on the third line, but he's got a higher-line pedigree," Chiarelli said. "What I said to Jaromir was that we pride ourselves on four strong lines and he's an important part but not the (main) part to the success. So he can be on the third line."

Jagr was traded for forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne and a conditional second-round pick in this year's draft that becomes a first-rounder if the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference final.

"In this process, through this player and the other player (Iginla), this whole trade period, teams have been asking for a lot of our different prospects," Chiarelli said. "If (there's) anything I can take away from this, it's that our prospects have some good value."

In his first season with the Stars, Jagr has 14 goals and 26 points.

Entering Tuesday night's game against the Ottawa Senators, Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 14 goals and Patrice Bergeron was first with 31 points. Jagr, who is expected to join the Bruins on Wednesday, has 679 career goals.

Jagr also has six power-play goals, twice as many as Bruins leaders Marchand and Tyler Seguin, and should help the team with the 24th-ranked power play in the NHL going into Tuesday's game.

With the trade deadline coming today and the Stars in 12th place in the Western Conference, they decided to trade a player who could become a free agent after the season.

Meantime, the Stars also sent Derek Roy packing, sending him to the Vancouver Canucks

"Everything happens for a reason and I'm excited to be a Canuck," Roy said on a conference call from Dallas after the Stars shipped him to Vancouver on Tuesday. He planned to fly to Vancouver Tuesday night and report for practice today.

In exchange, the Stars got defenceman and one-time Manitoba Moose Kevin Connauton and a second-round pick.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 3, 2013 D4

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