Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Krejci: Jagr was 'my hockey idol'
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward David Krejci grew up with a poster of Jaromir Jagr on his bedroom wall.
So when informed that the Dallas Stars now seem keen on trading the 41-year-old before Wednesday’s trade deadline, Krejci turned reflective about his boyhood idol.
“He was the best for a long time, and he’s still one of the best right now,” said Krejci, who was just 4 years old when Jagr made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990. “It’s good to see him still do well at his age. I had posters of him when I was a kid. He was obviously my hockey idol.”
The Bruins, a source told ESPN.com, covet Jagr, so you can bet general manager Peter Chiarelli will be on the phone with Dallas executives trying to strike a deal.
The Bruins know their dressing room is likely to change before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline, but they’re trying to remain focused on what is immediately in front of them: a matchup against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
“You try not to think about it because we have a game tonight,” Krejci said. “The trade deadline is tomorrow and we’re not stupid, we know anything can happen. On the other hand, there are things you can’t control, so we’ll focus on the game tonight and whatever happens tomorrow afternoon happens.”