“I ask them to send me Marines, instead they send me relics.”
In the film Heartbreak Ridge, Clint Eastwood portrays an aging Marine, transferred at his request to a recon battalion for a final duty station before calling it a career – and his new commanding officer, Major Powers, doesn’t care for it…
…but in the end, it turns out well enough for Gunny Highway and his troops – as he taught them to stand and fight, that conditioning is key and to win you must “Improvise, adapt and overcome”.
Given all of the hardships and injuries the Boston Bruins have suffered through in this abbreviated season that started with such promise, can bringing in an aging veteran help them regain their winning attitude and intensity?
Guess it can’t hurt.
That’s why when Bruins center David Kracji heard news that the Dallas Stars had consummated a deal to send Jaromir Jagr to Boston, he sounded very excited.
“He was the best for a long time, and he’s still one of the best right now,” said Krejci, who was respectfully overindulging the 41 year old who was once considered the best hockey player in the world. “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 Stars reportedly asked for a conditional second round pick and two prospects Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne, and in exchange, the Bruins get a wealth of experience and old school toughness in a winger who can still bring the tape.
And in Boston, Jagr won’t have to be “The Guy” – he will be surrounded by a cast of talented scorers who have had troubles scoring on the power play this season nevertheless, and the move for Jagr is probably directly tied to addressing that deficiency.
Not a bad way to Improvise. Now the players need to adapt to each others’ games in order to overcome the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference seeding.