Jaromir Jagr recently said that he would like to be traded to an Eastern Conference contender. Jagr’s team, the New Jersey Devils currently sit at 25th in the league with a 22-26-9 record and it doesn’t look like they will be making the playoffs.
With the March 2 NHL trade deadline approaching, Jaromir Jagr seems like a perfect fit for the Islanders.
The Islanders are in a season where there is no stopping now. The “first half fluke” is no longer a thing as the Islanders are long past the halfway mark of the season and still going.
At the rate they are going, the playoffs would be almost impossible to miss and the Islanders don’t have a lot of experience. Guys like John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, and Travis Hamonic have only experienced six playoff games. For guys like Anders Lee and Ryan Strome, 0 games.
Of course the Islanders’ offseason signings bring some critical experience such as Jaroslav Halak who has 23 playoff games behind him with impressive numbers. Both Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin only have seven but for Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy, they both have won the Stanley Cup (Leddy for the Hawks in 2013 and Boychuk for the Bruins in 2011)
Jaromir Jagr who turned 43 recently has plenty of playoff experience. In 202 playoff games, yes 202 he has 78 goals and 121 assists. Also the Islanders can’t forget that Kyle Okposo will be out until late March. This season Jagr has 11 goals and 18 assists and those numbers should be enough to help the Islanders climb the standings. He would be a good make shift right wing on the first line for when Okposo is out.
Jaromir Jagr is a low-risk, high-reward player to trade for. The Devils could possibly trade him for a third round pick and possibly a prospect.