Stars star Jamie Benn literally had to wait for Jaromir Jagr to catch up to him on the ice at times, according to Dallas hockey writer Mike Heika.
Jagr has been enjoying a productive season, so much so that the Boston Bruins acquired the 41-year-old before this week's trade deadline, but Heika gives you the impression that this might be a good thing for the Stars. He writes: "I think Benn's (so-so) play has a lot to do with Jagr as his linemate. Benn has been a lead dog his whole life, and so he has set the pace — a very fast pace — for his line at every level. If you look at a Benn highlight reel tape, all of his big plays are galloping through open ice or skating around five players while dangling the puck. He had blinders on, really, and that's what made him so good. This season, he constantly deferred to Jagr, who plays a slow-it-down, puck-possession game. There were times when you could see Benn literally waiting for Jagr to catch up. My guess is that as we move forward, Benn will get back to his old way of playing."
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 11:57:00 AM