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April 3, 2013

Bruins obtain Jagr from Stars to spark offense

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars, hoping the 10th-leading goal scorer in NHL history can improve their shaky offense.

Jagr, who leads the Stars in points this season, was traded Tuesday for two prospects, forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne, and a conditional second-round pick in this year’s draft.

The deal came five 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.

In his first season with the Stars, the 41-year-old Jagr has 14 goals and 26 points. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 14 goals and Patrice Bergeron is first with 31 points. Jagr 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 night’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

With the trade deadline coming Wednesday 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.

“Jaromir Jagr produced as a consistent scorer for our team all year and we would like to thank him for his contributions to our hockey club,” said Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “With our eye to the future, we have acquired some valuable assets that we believe strengthen our organization.”

Jagr is far below the peak of a career. He’s won five scoring titles, 1998-99 league MVP honors and Stanley Cups in his first two NHL seasons, with the Penguins in 1990-91 and 1991-92, after they took him with the fifth pick in the 1990 draft.

But his strength and scoring ability could spark a Bruins team that was in fourth place in the East but ranked just seventh in the conference in goals — with only 17 in their last eight games — at the time of the trade.

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