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BOSTON-- According to a tweet from Bruins reporter Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, veteran right winger Jaromir Jagr will not return to the Boston Bruins next season. Shinzawa tweeted the following earlier today.
Jagr will not return to Bruins.
The 41-year-old played in 11 regular season games for the Black and Gold this year, tallying two goals and seven assists for nine points. In the playoffs, he was an active contributor as well. He did not score a goal but tallied 10 assists in 22 playoff contests. He was acquired by the Bruins on April 2 from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Lane McDermid, the rights to draft pick Cody Payne and a 2013 second-round pick. If the team made it to the Eastern Conference Finals (which they did), the pick would become a 2013 first-round pick.
For what he lacked in the scoring department he made up for in heart often staying out on the ice past the point of fatigue and keeping plays alive with his vision. His was particularly strong in the art of passing and would find the open man in tight spaces. His stick handling was one of his assets as well and he would often weave around defenders, almost as if they we not even there.
He played with tremendous heart and had he been a bit younger he would have been a true weapon. However even at 41 years young, he had undeniable passion and his contributions to the Bruins will not be forgotten. Personally, I would have liked to see him stay one more year, but business is business and at some point teams and players need to move on.
Thanks for everything Jaromir and best of luck in the future.