Florida Panthers trade draft picks for Devils forward Jaromir Jagr
After dealing away Sean Bergenheim, Dale Tallon has found a replacement in the form of a 43-year-old hockey legend
It looks like the Florida Panthers will be going all in this year.
With the New Jersey Devils essentially out of playoff contention, Jaromir Jagr was a name thrown around as a possible rental player for a team looking to make a push for the playoffs.
Dale Tallon saw his chance, and picked up Jagr for a 2015 2nd round pick and a conditional 2016 3rd round pick.
Jagr is first among active players in career points, and fifth all time. He has 29 points in 57 games this season.
As for his advanced stats, Jagr can still drive possession, even if he is 43-years-old.
Overall, Jagr is a great replacement for Sean Bergenheim. The team needed a possession driving winger to play alongside either Dave Bolland or one of Aleksander Barkov / Nick Bjugstad . Though the Cats are losing out in terms of draft picks (they've given up a 2nd, a 7th, and possibly a 3rd, while only picking up a 3rd), the team as a whole should see immediate improvement in their 5-on-5 play.
(As a side note, I may have to take back some not nice things I said...)
Team press release here, and do check out the New Jersey reactions at In Lou We Trust.
UPDATE: DT speaks on the deal...
#FlaPanthers EVP & GM Dale Tallon talks about the acquisition of @68Jagr. pic.twitter.com/nEaJbzgxX3— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) February 26, 2015