Two Possible Suitors for Jaromir Jagr
Although just turning 43 years old on February 15th, Jaromir Jagr still has a lot of hockey left in the tank. Jagr, much like he did with the Bruins in 2013, can provide a lot both on the ice and off the ice for a team looking to make a deep run in the playoffs. Jagr has 29 points in 53 games this season, averaging 17:58 time on ice per game. His stats this season, per 60 minutes played, are still good enough to be a second liner in the league, and he also has the advanced statistics to back it up.
Option #1: Washington Capitals
The Capitals have been searching for another top-6 forward for a while now, including making a run at Evander Kane for a brief period of time. The group in Washington missed the playoffs last year, and features newcomers to the postseason life such as Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who could benefit from Jagr’s experience, seeing that he has played in over 200 playoff games.
Barry Trotz could certainly try Jagr on the first line at some point, which hasn’t found itself a permanent right winger this year. Although being much slower than both other member of that line, Jagr’s puck handling and shielding ability will create even more time and space for both Backstrom and Ovechkin.
Option #2: Montreal Canadians
Montreal has sat atop the Eastern Conference for the majority of the season, including now, less than three weeks before the trade deadline. Lead by Carey Price, Montreal has torn through the year, on pace to have their best point total in over 7 years.
Although the success has come, Montreal’s offense has been less than spectacular. They sit 21st in the league in goals for, 34 goals up on the 29th placed Devils. Jagr would certainly help that, as well as bring another veteran presence into the locker room, and possibly push Montreal over the edge this year, to take them to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Montreal could look to package Christian Thomas or Michael Bournival and a draft pick to try to land Jagr.