There were more than a few reasons for the Dallas Stars to go after Jaromir Jagr last summer, with the team in transition and in need of veteran leadership for the young up-and-coming players on the team. When Jagr was signed it was unclear just how inexperienced the Stars would be but the signing, at least through 13 games, is playing out like a stroke of genius for GM Joe Nieuwendyk and owner Tom Gaglardi.
Jagr stated after he signed he wanted to go to a team that wanted him, where he'd be needed in a top-line role and would be expected to play in big minutes. With the Stars in need of a reworked top six and mentorship and offensive help for Jamie Benn, the Stars took advantage of the Flyers dragging their feet with re-signing the future Hall of Famer and snatched up a player that has had an incredible impact already on the franchise.
What was unknown at the time would be how Jagr would respond to being on a team that was expected to go through growing pains and struggles on the ice while giving big minutes to a number of players in just their first or second season in the NHL. The legendary forward spent last season on a high-flying and highly-competitive Flyers team in an intense environment, led by hot-headed coach Peter Laviolette.
Jaromir Jagr Leading Dallas Stars to Winning Mentality
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