NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 29, 2018
Team Pacific wins All-Star tournament, Brock Boeser named MVP, Jaromir Jagr on waivers plus an update on Jacob Trouba and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Rickard Rakell scored twice as Team Pacific downed Team Atlantic 5-2 to win the 3-on-3 tournament at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Brock Boeser was named All-Star MVP. The Atlantic Division reached the final thanks to a hat trick by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov in a 7-4 win over Team Metropolitan.
TSN: New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle enjoyed his All-Star debut. The former Lightning forward received a warm welcome from the Tampa Bay fans.
Boyle was diagnosed earlier this season with chronic myeloid leukemia, which he’s been treating with medication. His two-year-old son Declan, meanwhile, is in a Boston hospital receiving treatment for “an arteriovenous malformation in his jaw.” Doctors have assured Boyle and his family that his son will be fine. Boyle’s wife Lauren encouraged him to take part in the All-Star tournament.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boyle’s story and Boeser’s All-Star debut were the notable narratives of this year’s All-Star weekend. Here’s hoping Boyle and his son continue to overcome their medical conditions. Boeser, meanwhile. proved he belonged among the NHL’s top talent. The youngster is the most exciting Canucks rookie since Pavel Bure made his debut in 1991-92.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames placed right wing Jaromir Jagr on waivers for the purpose of either terminating his contract or loaning him to HC Kladno, his hometown team in the Czech Republic.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite Jagr’s impressive career, he’s been hampered by injuries this season. If unclaimed by noon ET today, his NHL career could finally be over. Time and the wear of tear of 23 NHL seasons (plus three more in the KHL) have finally caught up with the 45-year-old Jagr.
SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Flames, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said there’s no basis for a new arena deal with the city of Calgary anytime soon. Bettman and Flames ownership believe the city should contribute more to any future arena development, something the city strongly opposes.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba could be sidelined between six-to-eight weeks with a right-ankle injury.