“He’s a strong half-wall player on the power play,” Chiarelli said. “He can roll off the top of the circle and really fire the wrist shot and make plays. He’ll help us out on the power play.”
In Dallas, Jagr lined up most recently with Jamie Benn and Eric Nystrom on the No. 1 line. Last season in Philadelphia, Jagr scored 19 goals and had 35 assists while skating alongside Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux on the Flyers’ first line.
In 1,380 career NHL games, Jagr has 679 goals and 1,000 assists. Those 1,679 career points are eighth-most in NHL history. The future Hall of Famer won two rings in Pittsburgh.
Jagr is on a one-year, $4.5 million contract. He will be an unrestricted free agent at year’s end.
The Bruins gave up some sandpaper in MacDermid. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound MacDermid is a straight-line player who is quick to shed the mitts when necessary.
The fourth-line left wing appeared in only three games this season (3:34 average ice time per outing). MacDermid was a healthy scratch for 21 straight games before the trade. The 23-year-old MacDermid would have been subject to waivers had the Bruins assigned him to Providence.
After getting the word from Bruins management, MacDermid returned to TD Garden Tuesday afternoon to claim his gear. He wasn’t sure whether he’d be traveling to Anaheim, Calif., to join the Stars or to Dallas.
“It’s kind of cool,” MacDermid said of being dealt for Jagr. “I grew up watching Jaromir play. He’s an amazing player. To be part of that deal is pretty cool.”