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Jagr won’t be back with Bruins; Horton’s future less clear

Jun 26, 2013, 12:41 PM EST

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A pending unrestricted free agent, Jaromir Jagr will not be back with the Boston Bruins next season.

“I don’t think they want me back,” said the future Hall of Famer today, per Dan Cagen of MetroWest Daily News.

Jagr carried a $4.5 million cap hit last season, so it might not be entirely accurate to say the Bruins don’t “want” him back. With star goalie Tuukka Rask needing a new contract and the cap falling to $64.3 million, they may not have a choice. (Also see: Andrew Ference.)

“We do have some hard decisions to make, including on re-signing players and retaining players,” said general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Jagr is also 41. Among NHLers last season, only Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne was older.

Concerns about Jagr’s durability will only be heightened by the back injury he sustained in the Stanley Cup Final; however, he did say he wants to keep playing in the NHL.

Meanwhile, winger Nathan Horton‘s future in Boston is less clear. It’s likely he’ll need surgery to repair his troublesome shoulder.

Horton, 28, is a pending UFA that finished the playoffs with 19 points in 22 games. Troublesome shoulder or not, he’ll have plenty of suitors should he hit the open market on July 5.

“I can’t predict what’s going to happen,” said Horton.

Update: CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty has more, including one source that says Horton may take less to stay with the B’s.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Not surprising but he was awesome to hear talk in the lockerroom and his puck possession skills were unreal to watch

    • jeremyroenickdanceparty - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      his play on the boards was dominating. you can’t beat Jagr on the boards.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        not even with 3 guys on him, he would still come away with the puck and setup someone with a no-look pass

      • mustangmach - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        Yeah, for all of 1.5 seconds, then he tired out and was stripped of the puck. I really don’t know what alternate universe you guys were watching.

  2. 19to77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Begs the question, where to next? Are the Travelling Jags gonna need to recruit again?

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      I can’t wait until the next coronation ceremony.

  3. burgh916 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I hate to sound like all of my comments are about people coming to the Pens today, but (even though I LOVED Jagr, I don’t think I’d agree with him coming back, I digress.)
    I think at the very end of his career, when he knows it’s time for him to hang ‘em up, he’ll fulfill his promise to Mario and come back for one last season at 1 mil.

    Like I said, I may not agree with it, but he’s getting to that age where I think he may just say, “F*ck it.” haha.

    • borgsng - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      burgh916 also a Pens fan I agree I don’t feel the Pens will pick him up, also this year you can tell his age at 41 he needs to retire

  4. coronakid76 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Flyers should totally sign him. Correct the original mistake made by the team last year!!!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      I’d love to have him back as he could create space for Voracek and Giroux on the top line, just like he did for Hartnell and G. There are a few issues though… first, he had a productive season, and although he wasn’t scoring in the playoffs he was still contributing, so how much will he cost? The Flyers have limited space to acquire a goalie, a top-4 defender (drafting one at 11 would help), and a top-line winger. If he’s willing to take closer to 3.3 the Flyers gave him then Homer would probably have interest. If he wants the 4.5 he got from Dallas, I don’t think it’s possible. The second issue is durability/fatigue. The Flyers can’t afford to pay for more injured players. And even in a shortened season Jagr didn’t have legs underneath him at certain times throughout the playoffs. So how would he do in another full season + another potential playoff run. Jagr was awesome to have but this drop to $64 mil has really hindered the Flyers options. I won’t complain if he returns though.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Look! The Flyers are not going to win the cup next year with or without him, and they don’t need him to be competitive. Get a young player in there and develop him for the future, As a Flyers fan, you should beg this organization to stop chasing it’s tail. Dang! Say thank you, Jags, but no thanks. Good luck! Move on.

  5. pdmjr - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    If he can’t score one goal in playoffs I can’t see his value

    • govtminion - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Then you didn’t watch him. The ONLY thing he didn’t do well was scoring goals- he was the key to setting up some big goals throughout the playoffs. I agree that it’s probably not worth bringing him back, based on the B’s trying to find ways to afford Horton and Rask, but wherever he goes next year, that team is going to get a hell of a player, no matter the age.

      • obnoxiousDCfan - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        I can’t stand Jagr, but even I’ll admit that he was looked good in the playoffs, not even mentioning the fact that he’s 41 years old on top of that. I wouldn’t want him back on the Caps(Obviously), but any other team would be lucky to have him around.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Probably because you don’t understand hockey but hey, at least you’re watching sports

    • captn58crunch - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Jagr had a great series. He had some great shots and was robbed many times by Crawford.

    • mustangmach - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      He was next to worthless. Signed, a Bruins Fan who wondered why the Emperor Couldn’t Skate and no one seems to recognize this.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        Because hockey is so much more than skating ability

  6. bruinpred - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Why does Jagr owe that hypocritical d-bag anything? Pens need to bring Ulf back so all the a**holes are in one place.

    • bigrboland - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      We Want The Cup! We Want The Cup!

      Ha, ha, ha. How’d that turn out? Got a little ahead of yourselves the other night huh?

      • homelanddefense - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        You do realize they have been cheering that for years now right? and that the fans are saying we WANT the cup, not we have won the cup…..

    • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      How would that put all the a-holes in once place? Are you playing for the Pens as well?

    • burgh916 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      So let me get this right, Jagr said he’ll take league minimum to play for the Pens before he retires FOR Mario helping him in his career. He hasn’t yet done that.

      But you seem pretty bitter, and quick to jump on the hate train. Seek help.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Name calling signals immaturity and desperation

  7. hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I really can’t say as it was Chiarelli’s place to point out that Horton needs surgery right before the guy becomes a UFA…seems like a d*ck move to me. Perhaps I’m being dim-witted, just seems like he just tried to screw the guy.

    • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      (As an aside – I had heard that it was actually Chiarelli that first said Horton will need surgery).

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Well everyone already knows that, especially if you’re considering signing him

  8. bruinpred - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Geez – All I was saying is that Mario signs an assassin like Cooke and then complains when Crosby gets touched. And their coach is arrogant and that Ulf and Cooke ruined careers. Calm Down.

    • jtowme - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Nearly every team has a guy that will hit with borderline hits. Cooke has straightened out his game a lot in the past few seasons. Are you saying the Bruins don’t play dirty? The Flyers? Please tell me which team doesn’t have a gritty guy who the fans from all the other teams hate. I assume that if the Bruins decided to sign Cooke, you’d boycott the team because of it?

  9. earpaniac - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    You’re right, the only thing he didn’t do well in the playoffs was score. Even in the SCF, when he got hurt, he impressed me. No, he isn’t the player he was even 5 years ago. But he was a monster on the boards and certainly didn’t look 41. He obviously just loves to play hockey.

  10. mustangmach - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    On of the reasons Boston lost the Final was Jagr up on the second line. I’ll dispute all the Jagr-Love. He was way too slow, with too little endurance per shift, and his ‘puck handling’ skills consisted of a weird game of Jagr-Keep-Away untill a younger opponent inevitably stripped him of the puck. Meanwhile, the other Boston forwards had NO CLUE what he was going to do next, which brought even the semblance of an attack from that line to a screeching halt. If he did finally deign to pass the puck, usually it was to a Bruin who was caught flat footed, and in no position to do anything good with it.

    He made a total of TWO great plays during the playoffs, and one of them has been already long lamented for the fact it should have been a penalty.

    Let’s not even get into the almost total lack of defensive ability…….. someone had a gun to Julien’s head in order to keep JJ on the ice as much as he did. Its the only answer.

    You guys that love what he did while with Boston are either Chicago Blackhawk fans, or you’re watching something else other than hockey.

    Absolutely ZERO surprise to me that they let him go without a whimper. I’m just amazed that it took this long to get him out of the Boston starting line up.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Jagr had some of the longest shifts on the ice for forwards…consistently. He’s on the second line because he is one of only a handful of players to ever be close to scoring 700 goals in his career.

      The reason why you aren’t impressed with his puck handling ability is because you’ve never played a hockey game in your life.

  11. theskinsman - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Huge Bruins fan here, but I sadly watched the same slowed down version of Jagr you did. Maybe he was a great inspiration, maybe he was teaching the younger players something…but he was a HUGE liability after 30 seconds. Can’t keep up anymore, his shot is a split second slow and stopped every. single. time.
    No mention that for every nifty veteran pass, he got stripped of the puck and left the Bruins with a man shortage as the rest of the players shifted to defend. His time is loooooong past. Great career,now go away.

  12. jtowme - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I wish Jagr (aka the Hockey Gigolo) the very best as long as it’s anywhere but the Burgh.

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