Jaromir Jagr reaches another scoring milestone, Ducks and Lightning win streaks ended and more in today’s collection of NHL headlines.
Notable NHL Game Recaps.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr collected an assist in last night’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins. That gave him 1,851 career NHL points, moving him past Gordie Howe into third on the all-time list. Jagr also moved past Ray Bourque into ninth on the all-time list for NHL games played with 1, 613.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks like to point out the 508 points Howe collected during his six seasons in the WHA compared to the 156 Jagr netted in his three seasons in the KHL as a way of trying to diminish the latter’s achievement. While Howe certainly would’ve run up more points if he played in the NHL during those years, the fact is he didn’t. What Howe accomplished in a watered-down expansion league 40 years ago is as irrelevant to his NHL numbers as Jagr’s stats in a watered-down Russian league nearly 10 years ago are to his. The NHL numbers are what they are, and Jagr passed Howe for third on the all-time list. It doesn’t mean Howe’s a lesser player; hell, he’s among my top five of the greatest of all time. It also doesn’t mean Jagr, one of the NHL’s greatest offensive players, doesn’t deserve accolades for his accomplishment.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter scored twice, including his 300th career NHL goal, as his club downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-1.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Shayne Gostisbehere scored twice to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending the latter’s nine-game win streak.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot, Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns are your NHL stars of the week.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Winger Jonathan Drouin has returned to the Lightning’s AHL farm team in Syracuse and the Lightning have lifted his suspension. GM Steve Yzerman hasn’t ruled out Drouin being called up down the stretch or in the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Drouin and his agent were hoping his refusal to play for Syracuse would result in a trade before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. Since that didn’t happen, it’s in his best interest to report to the Bolts’ farm team. If he puts in a good performance with them, it could bolster his chances of returning to the Lightning this season. At the very least, it’ll allow scouts from NHL clubs interested in acquiring him the opportunity to further evaluate his performance.
SPORTSNET: The league released a statement yesterday claiming its expansion process is ongoing and no final decisions have been reached. Las Vegas and Quebec City submitted bids last year for expansion franchises.
YAHOO SPORTS: Zac Rinaldo received a five-game suspension by the AHL for an illegal hit, earning him the dubious distinction of being suspended by the NHL and the AHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s takes a special kind of talent to do what Rinaldo’s done. Wait, did I say “talent”? Sorry, I meant “stupid.”
CBS SPORTS: The Boston Bruins announced a new season ticket program for 2016-17 aimed at reducing ticket scalping.
TSN: Former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk returned to action in a recent KHL game with SKA St. Petersburg. There were reports claiming he’s remain under contract with the club until the end of April but wouldn’t appear in any more games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Guess this means we can forget about the fantasy talk of Kovalchuk returning to the NHL this season.
NBC SPORTS: NHL players reportedly don’t know how much money they’ll make from this fall’s World Cup of Hockey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears the league isn’t sure what it’ll make either, as both sides are drawing upon projections right now. The players will get something, but it remains to be seen what the final number will be. If it’s considerably less than the league’s take, you can bet it’ll be an issue during the next round of collective bargaining.
NHL Injury Update.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher (suspected groin injury) underwent tests yesterday and won’t suit up for tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars. Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller could also miss that game.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson (leg injury) could miss the rest of this season.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki is finished for a season with a torn MCL.