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Trade: Jagr goes to the Bruins

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It’s official: Jaromir Jagr has been traded by the Dallas Stars to the Boston Bruins.

The deal was first reported by Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

In return, Dallas will receive forward prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne. (Neither of whom is rated especially highly.)

The Stars will also receive a conditional second-round pick. (If the Bruins win two playoff series, the pick becomes a first-rounder.)

The Bruins have been pushing hard to acquire a top-six winger. Last week, they thought they had a deal for Jarome Iginla, but the former Flames captain ended up in Pittsburgh.

Much of the desire to add a forward of Jagr’s caliber had been due to the struggles of wingers Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, though both those players have shown signs of offensive life in the past few games.

Jagr has 14 goals and 12 assists in 34 games. The 41-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent.

The Stars also traded center Derek Roy to Vancouver today.

Bruins’ Kelly (broken tibia) skates, could return before end of regular season

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The Boston Bruins had a welcome participant at practice on Monday as Chris Kelly returned to the ice.

Kelly, 32, hasn’t played since suffering a broken tibia on a knee-on-knee hit from Ottawa’s Chris Neil on Mar. 12.

While he didn’t do much at practice — him and Adam McQuaid (shoulder) only skated briefly — it was another sign that Kelly could be back before the Bruins play their final game against Washington on Apr. 27.

“We’re expecting that he’ll be back prior to the end of the regular season,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told CSN New England. “His injury could have been a lot worse than it ended up being.”

In case you missed it, here’s the hit that injured Kelly:

Kelly called the collision a “hockey play” gone wrong and says Neil “has reached out a few times and he feels pretty badly.”

“I don’t think it was malicious by any means,” said Kelly.

Bruins coach: ‘We need to wake up’

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The Boston Bruins’ recent run of shaky play continued on Saturday as they dropped a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Head coach Claude Julien explained the team’s biggest issues to CSNNE.com following the defeat:

“It’s a different line in another game, and then the other three [aren’t going]. We can’t win hockey games relying on one line per night producing for us,” Julien said. ” … We need to relax a little. But we also need to wake up and play Bruins hockey. Because that’s not what we’re playing right now.”

Many Bruins fans probably wonder what could have been as Jarome Iginla made his Pittsburgh Penguins debut today.

Julien seemed to indirectly address the lack of trades while reflecting on Boston’s woes.

“If we’re looking for help, we’re looking in the wrong direction,” Julien said. “We really need to start looking at ourselves because as a team right now we’re not playing well. We’re very average in all areas and we’re not playing Bruins hockey. We can out-shoot teams all night long, but it doesn’t mean much.”

Tough guy Shawn Thornton believes it’s not for a lack of trying.

“I don’t think it’s a lack of effort right now. I think it’s just a lack of execution,” Thornton said. “For whatever reason, we were squeezing our sticks in the first two periods. We’re just not making plays that we’re capable of making. I honestly think the effort was there.

“I don’t know if we’re trying a little bit too hard and we’re just bobbling things right now. We just need to get back to having fun and making plays. We’re a good team.”

Habs-Bruins continues strong run of Wednesday Rivalry Night ratings

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The Montreal Canadiens completed a wild comeback against the Boston Bruins to win 6-5 (SO) on Wednesday night … and they apparently did so in front of a captivated audience.

NBC’s press release reveals that yesterday’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” match brought in 773K viewers and a household rating of .48, making it the sixth-most watched regular season game in NBC Sports Network history.

Perhaps most interestingly, the historic Canadiens-Bruins rivalry’s NBC SN matches have generated the three highest ratings for cable-televised regular season games featuring a Canadian team since 2000:

March 3: 813K
March 27: 773K
Feb. 26: 771

March 3’s match is the only game that produced a higher rating household in Boston (9.26) than last night’s 8.51 mark. That made it the highest rated network in Boston overall during that time (7:30 – 10:45 p.m. ET).

Report: Flames preferred Bruins’ deal, Iginla picked Pens

Jarome Iginla (L) jokes with Sidney Crosby on the bench during the second practice of the Team Canada Olympic Orientation Camp on August 24, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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The dust is settling on a wild night where reports initially linked former Calgary Flames captain to the Boston Bruins only for him to eventually be shipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As it turns out, Iginla might have been even closer to becoming the latest member of the Boston Bruins than some might assume.

The Bruins actually made the stronger offer for Iginla in the Flames’ eyes, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. However Iginla, who needed to approve any trade, ultimately decided that he would rather play for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Flames GM Jay Feaster told reporters that he worked with Iginla to help the superstar pick his final destination, according to NHL.com. Before he pulled the trigger, there were three deals on the table.

Iginla might have ultimately been influenced by the presence of Sidney Crosby, who he previously played with as a member of the 2010 Gold Medal-winning Team Canada.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Boston lost out to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They reportedly went after former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow, but the Penguins won that battle too.

So who will the Bruins pursue now?

Related:

Penguins are ‘all in’ after trading for Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla trade: Flames ‘grateful for everything our captain has done’

Jarome Iginla traded to the Penguins; re-united with Sidney Crosby

Report: Jarome Iginla traded to Boston Bruins (Update: Nope)