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NHL: Jagr to add cutting edge to Bruins after swap deal

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Five-time National Hockey League scoring champion Jaromir Jagr, who helped the Czech Republic win 1998 Olympic gold, was traded by the Dallas Stars to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old right wing, the top scorer among active NHL players, signed with Dallas as a free agent in July after playing for Philadelphia last season and was moved on the eve of the NHL trade deadline for this season.

Jagr led the Stars in scoring with 14 goals and 12 assists this season. He has 679 goals and 1,000 assists over 1,380 career NHL games for Pittsburgh, Washington, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Dallas.

While the Stars are 12th in the Western Conference with a long uphill fight for a playoff spot, the Bruins are third in the Eastern Conference and Jagr will help in their pursuit of Montreal and Pittsburgh for the top playoff seed.

Boston sent the Stars minor-league forward Lane MacDermid, teen prospect Cody Payne and a second-round pick in June's NHL Draft in exchange for Jagr, who helped Pittsburgh win Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992.

"Jaromir Jagr produced as a consistent scorer for our team all year," said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "With our eye to the future, we have acquired some valuable assets that we believe strengthen our organization."

Jagr will wear his usual jersey number, 68, with the Bruins, who last week thought they had landed veteran Jarome Iginla from Calgary only to learn he instead had been sent to Pittsburgh.

Jagr spent three seasons in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League before joining Philadelphia last season.

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