Jaromir Jagr was a trade deadline pickup for the Boston Bruins last year, and he could once again find himself playing the role of the rental veteran this season. The New Jersey Devils would need to play some remarkable hockey down the stretch to make the playoffs, and if they’re looking to pick up a prospect or draft pick, moving Jagr is a solid option.
Not that the 42-year-old Olympian is worried about a possible deal.
Jagr said he hasn’t thought about the NHL trade deadline Mar. 5. “It’s the last thing on my mind to go anywhere, but I don’t have control…
— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) February 24, 2014
There are pros and cons to moving the forward, who is only two goals away from his 700th career tally. He’s far and away New Jersey’s most prominent offensive threat, and leads the team by a whopping 16-point margin at this point. Trading Jagr away would more or less be the white flag for the Devils at this point, but there’s some speculation surrounding the future of Martin Brodeur as well.
Worth considering is that New Jersey won’t have their first-round selection in the 2014 draft. The Ilya Kovalchuk ghost continues to haunt the halls of the Prudential Center. The NHL is forcing the team to give the pick up as part of the cap circumvention choice they made back in 2010.