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When Boston traded for him on April 2nd the move was seen, by many, as an opportunity to help mentor the younger Bruins players - as the team made their playoff push.
Who could blame the Bruins for that line of thought?
With over 15 years of experience in the NHL, and a list of personal accolades as long as Interstate 95, the acquisition of Jaromir Jagr, from the Dallas Stars, was a transaction worth completing.
Now, on the brink of winning his third Stanley Cup, Jagr is embracing a different role - one that involves line cohesion, mentoring and dependability. Instead of filling the stat sheets, Jagr is supplying Boston's second line with a steady dose of hockey intangibles. Simply put, Jagr is doing everything you don't see in the box score.
However, Jagr's still liable to return to his 1990's form and dominate a period, game, or by extension, Stanley Cup series on a moments notice - it's just hard to do when Lord Stanley seems to have a spell on you.
“People are trying to make it important whether I score or don’t score, but I don’t have to score goals," he said. "I know it would make it easier for the hockey team to win, but it’s not happening. Every time I touch something right now it’s not guaranteed. I feel like I am cursed, or something."
Is Jagr poised for a break-out game? Yes. Could he be a factor scoring the puck from this point forward? Yes. Do the Bruins need him to be that guy? No.
The B's are asking Jagr to do what he does best: Create, anticipate and generate. With eight assists, so far, in this year's playoffs, Jagr is contributing to the stat sheet, and in the locker room.
“I may not be that fast anymore, but I can still make the plays," said Jagr. "I still have the hands, and I still have my eyes. I can still see.”
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