The NHL's Trade Deadline is now just under 72 hours away and there are sure to be plenty of big names moved before Wednesday, 3pm. The oldest player on the list is Jaromir Jagr and despite being 42, continues to play like he's 30. The acquisition of Jagr will bring any playoff team a short-term boost, including the Los Angeles Kings.
Fresh off scoring his 700th-career goal on Saturday, Jagr could be preparing to play his final game with the New Jersey Devils, But, unlike most players on the trade market, Jagr would very likely need to be informed of a possible destination before his team makes a trade. Whether Los Angeles is a possible destination isn't clear as of now but given that they are a championship contender, I cannot see what would stop the future Hall-of-Famer from heading west. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi, however, may have other ideas.
A pending unrestricted free agent, Jaromir Jagr would be no more than a rental, and I'm sure that bodes well for most teams as they wouldn't want to commit to a player in the twilight of his career - and that includes someone of Jagr's caliber.
In 61 games for the Devils this season, Jagr has scored 19 goals and added 33 assists. Plus, last spring, he was instrumental in helping the Boston Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Final.
While the latter two points certainly make acquiring the Czech veteran tempting, a potential trade will come down to what (Devils GM) Lou Lamoriello and company will want in return. When the Dallas Stars dealt Jagr to Beantown last spring, they received two prospects and a first-rounder in return. As great a player as Jagr still is, a trade involving the star may not be worth it if the Devils plan on asking for that much.
With their crosstown rivals heading to the playoffs with 41-year-old Teemu Selanne, the Los Angeles Kings may be interested in picking up a future Hall-of-Famer elder statesman of their own - and that is where Jagr would come in. But again, the price has to be right. After all, the Kings picking up Jagr may be beneficial - but the silver-and-black doesn't necessarily need to make this type of move either.
We'll see if anything develops in the coming days.