The New Jersey Devils have traded right wing Jaromir Jagr to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Certainly a bold move by the Florida Panthers, or at least as bold as a move can be given the limited talent available approaching this year’s trade deadline. GM Dale Tallon was in the market for a sniper for some time.
While the 43-year-old (and future Hall of Famer) Jagr isn’t the superstar he once was, he’s still capable of generating offense, on pace for 40 points this season and one year removed from a 67-point effort in 2013-14. At least with this move, Tallon is showing his players he still believes they can reach the playoffs and he is willing to help them get there.
No surprise the Devils shipped out Jagr, who’s a pending UFA in July. They have little chance of reaching the playoffs and must rebuild their aging roster. Jagr wasn’t part of their future plans. GM Lou Lamoriello gets a decent return to use in his rebuild for this summer and in 2016.