Still playing at 47, Jagr was fourth-leading scorer (15 goals, 29 points, 38 games) this season for HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga. Talk about a freak … Patrik Laine, the 22-year old Winnipeg Jets sniper, is the fifth name on the TSN Trade Bait board released Tuesday by Frank Seravalli. If Laine is indeed in play, there should be a line, even with just one year and $6.75 million left on his contract. The 6-foot-5 winger has multiple 50-goal seasons in his future … Shockingly, nobody from Ottawa’s local NHL team is on the board … If soon-to-be RFA Max Domi has played his last game for the Habs, as has been concluded in the Montreal media, then Ottawa better be making a pitch. Domi, the 12th-overall pick in 2013, showed electrifying chemistry with Anthony Duclair when both were 20-year-old rookies with the Arizona.
ON THIS DATE (Sept. 2)
Exactly 17 years ago, Kirk Muller announced his retirement as a player. In 1,349 games over 19 seasons, the Kingston, Ont., native had 959 points. He also had 10 goals and 17 points in 20 playoff games while helping the Habs to the Cup in ’93 … Included in the slew of hockey people celebrating birthdays today are Glen Sather (77), Andre Savard (67), Don Jackson (64), Mario Tremblay (64), Bobby Gould (63), Doug Smail (63), Gerard Gallant (57), Stephane Matteau (51) and Jason Blake (47).
Jacques Martin has officially replaced Lindy Ruff (who became the Devils head coach) on David Quinn’s staff with the Rangers. Martin was given a glowing recommendation by Mike Sullivan, who survived the coaching purge in Pittsburgh. “Mike said basically, (Martin) wasn’t my assistant coach,” Quinn explained, per NHL.com. “We were co-coaches.” … Sidney Crosby had surgery on his rocket wrist Monday. His recovery time from carpet wanker syndrome is 3-4 weeks, same as it was for Evgeni Malkin, who had surgery on his elbow after the Penguins were eliminated by the Habs. They combined for a pedestrian-like four points in the four-game series … The 10 oldest NHLers, in order and down to the day: Chara (43), Patrick Marleau (41), Ron Hainsey (39), Justin Williams (38), Henrik Lundqvist (38), Andy Greene (37), Mikko Koivu (37), Ilya Kovalchuk (37) and Spezza (37).