NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 30, 2018
Three stars of the week, Jaromir Jagr clears waivers plus updates on Jonathan Quick, Brandon Dubinsky and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser, Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel and Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner were the NHL’s three stars for the week ending January 28, 2018.
TSN: Calgary Flames winger Jaromir Jagr cleared waivers yesterday and was assigned to his hometown team HC Kladno in the Czech Republic. The move appears to bring his NHL career to an end.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some fans and pundits were disappointed that another NHL team didn’t pluck the 45-year-old Jagr off waivers. There’s a feeling that his Hall of Fame-worthy career deserved a better ending. But that’s the way life goes. Sure, we’d all love to see a great player ring down the curtain with a magical final season. In reality, almost all careers simply end, and sometimes in a disappointing manner. Don’t let that overshadow your memories of Jagr when he was at his best.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings placed goaltender Jonathan Quick (undisclosed injury) on injured reserve, but he isn’t expected to be sidelined for long.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Center Brandon Dubinsky is expected back in the Blue Jackets’ lineup tonight against the Minnesota Wild. Dubinsky missed 18 games with a facial fracture. “He also hinted that the unspecified medical reasons he left the team last Tuesday in Las Vegas were related to more than the surgically repaired orbital bone of his left eye.”
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens come out of the All-Star weekend with three key players on the sidelines. Defenseman Shea Weber (foot injury) remains out with a foot injury with no timetable for his return. Center Phillip Danault is still suffering from a concussion while winger Andrew Shaw could miss four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We take you now to the Canadiens’ playoff hopes:
TSN: Calgary Flames winger Michael Frolik returns to the lineup today against the Vegas Golden Knights. Frolik miss 12 games with a jaw injury.
SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs’ blueline got some good news as defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (right foot injury) could return to action this week.
ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE: Former NHL forward Brian Gionta will play for the AHL’s Rochester Americans on Friday as part of his tuneup for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders will play 60 games over the next three season in Nassau Coliseum.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The transition to life after hockey can be challenging for some former Oilers.