Jagr will not be back with Boston

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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli addressed the media Sunday in what was likely the final meeting until training camp festivities get going. Chiarelli shared his thoughts regarding this past week’s developmental camp and also disclosed Boston’s stance on Jaromir Jagr.

Chiarelli made it clear that Jagr would not be back in Black and Gold next season. He has plans to replace the veteran with one of the many youthful options the Bruins have within their system.

According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, Chiarelli said, “I was asked a couple of times about [Jagr], and we’re done for now. Obviously you want to develop your talent and bring them in and let them play. Sometimes there’s not room for them and sometimes you use them as chips in deals, but you always have to develop. To be in a position where they’re ready to play breathes new life into everybody.”

Boston has invested ample funds into the corps of the team and choosing to fill Jagr’s spot with someone already on the payroll makes sense. The writing seemed to be on the wall for Jagr when the Bruins inked Jarome Iginla.

Guys like Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, Jordan Caron, and Anthony Camara (Camara impressed in developmental camp) are all possibilities to make the Bruins final roster. The competition in camp will be tight, as each youngster possesses a vast amount of talent.

Jagr undoubtedly gave it his all in Boston during their Stanley Cup run and for that the Bruins are greatly appreciative. The two sides mutually part ways. Motivation to fill the void Jagr leaves in the lineup should be high.

Sunday’s news regarding Jagr furthermore backs up the statements Chiarelli made on Thursday. He spoke about the state of the team during a conference call, saying, “I think right now, we’re going to stand pat.”

“I like the fact that we’re going to have competition on that third line,” added Chiarelli.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – Title Town Sports Network

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