Jun 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) carries the puck up ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in game two of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Boston Bruins won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency: Carolina Hurricanes Front-Runners For Jaromir Jagr?

The Carolina Hurricanes are looking for another forward to add in free agency and Eklund of HockeyBuzz believes that could be Jaromir Jagr:

Jagr is back talking to Montreal, but Carolina still is the team to beat – Eklund

Eklund doesn’t have the greatest track record with rumors, but there are others speculating that the Canes are after Jagr. He’s likely to make around $3 million next season and would make an impact on the Canes offense.

The former Boston Bruin would be able to play on the second line with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, bumping Jeff Skinner down to the third, possibly to play at center. Jagr could also play on the third line, but is better used in the top six.

At 41-years-old, Jagr has lost a step in his skating speed, but with the way he trains, he’s still an impact player at over 40-years-old.

Jagr’s best skill is shooting, especially when he has time to pick a target. His defense isn’t superb but has greatly improved since he was a young player with the

Jaromir Jagr made a strong impression on David Krejci, who scored a league-leading 26 points in the playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins.

Another tangible Jagr brings is working with younger star players. He’s helped Claude Giroux, Jamie Benn and David Krejci in their path to become first-line players and could do the same with Jeff Skinner, who has had some growing pains over the past few seasons.

If the Canes are interested in Jagr, they’ll have to fight for him as rumors insist both the Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers are interested in him, but he could be a valuable pick-up for this Hurricanes team.

UPDATE: Michael Smith tweeted this after Rutherford went onto a radio show in Raleigh:

So if the Canes are going to sign the mystery free agent, Jagr or someone else, expect a trade prior.

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