The NHL is dark for one last night on Monday due to the All-Star break, so let’s go through the news of the day.
Brock Boeser was the first star of the week. He had two goals in two games and was the MVP of the All-Star game. Not a bad week for the rookie.
A couple of Sabres were stars two and three. Jack Eichel has been amazing of late with two goals and five points in three games last week to give him five goals and 13 points in his last seven contests. He was good in the All-Star game as well with a goal and two helpers in the semi-final win over the Metropolitan Division.
His goaltender Robin Lehner stopped all 63 shots in garnering two shutouts this week. He has had a tough go of it this season in the Sabres net but is on a three game winning streak for the lonely Sabres.
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The NHL career of Jaromir Jagr looks to be over at the age of 45. Jagr passed through waivers Monday and the Flames then loaned him to HC Kladno of the Czech League, where he first got his start and now owns a piece of the team. He will go down as the most successful European player ever in the NHL with 1,921 points, second all-time to the Great Wayne Gretzky. Jagr is the all-time leader in game winning goals with 133 and was third all-time in games played with 1,733. Congratulations to Jaromir on a great career.
There were a bunch of players heading to the injured reserve list Monday including Charlie McAvoy (heart ablation), Antoine Roussel (illness), James Reimer (groin), Jonathan Quick (undisclosed), Gabriel Dumont (ankle) and Mark Stone (knee).
There were also a bunch of recalls as teams used the break to give their youngsters some AHL playing time as well as saving some money against the salary cap. To see all the moves, check out the Rotoworld transaction page. http://www.rotoworld.com/teams/transactions/nhl/all/today/
Quick Notes: The Flyers Michal Neuvirth missed practice on Monday due to an illness...Mark Scheifele skated before practice but did not participate as he is trying to return from an upper body injury…Filip Forsberg (upper body) was back on the top line in Nashville with Ryan Johansen and Victor Arvidsson as he practiced without a non-contact jersey…Nikita Zaitsev practiced for the first time since a foot injury sidelined him on December 15… Taylor Hall is expected to return from a thumb injury Tuesday…Seth Jones (illness) and Brandon Dubinsky (fractured orbital bone) both were back at practice for the Blue Jackets. Dubinsky was on the third line with Matt Calvert and Oliver Bjorkstrand…Coach Bob Boughner said that Roberto Luongo is getting close to a return from a lower body injury suffered on December 4. He has yet to get into a full practice…Andrew Ladd skated for the first time since January 5 and could return later in the week…Sebastian Aho (concussion) could be nearing a return as he is getting healthy…Andrew Shaw is out four-six weeks with a lower body injury…Michael Frolik will return on Tuesday as he has recovered from a fractured jaw and lined up in practice with Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk…Corey Crawford will not travel with his Chicago Blackhawk teammates but could return to the ice this week…Carter Hutton continues to be the Blues top starter and deservedly so as he is making his sixth straight start…Jeff Carter has no timetable for his return as he suffered an ankle injury October 18 and is still not back on the ice…Magnus Paajarvi was claimed off waivers from St. Louis by Ottawa Friday and will start on a line with Derick Brassard and Ryan Dzingel…Tyson Barrie could return to the Colorado lineup Tuesday as he participated in a full practice Monday. He has been out since December 23 with a hand injury…Victor Hedman will accompany the Lightning on their road trip and could return as early as Thursday…Shea Weber (foot) has been out of action since December 16 and will not play Tuesday as he did not accompany the team to St. Louis.