Seeing Jaromir Jagr return to the NHL this season has been fun to see. After all, getting a future Hall Of Famer to come back to the NHL after a few seasons abroad is good for getting the game here some attention. Even better still, Jagr says that his comeback this season won’t just be a one year thing.
CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio gets the word from Jagr that while he’s not talking about a contract extension with the Flyers as of yet, things are going well enough in his return to action that he’s not even contemplating being done with hockey after this season. Jagr says that being a mentor to younger players and the thrill of the playoff chase in the NHL are things he can’t just give up so easily.
After all, at 39 years-old you couldn’t blame Jagr if he wanted to hang it up after coming back this season but with the success of other 40+ year-old players like Teemu Selanne and Nicklas Lidstrom, you can’t blame Jagr at all for thinking big. It’s pretty clear that he can still play and play very well in spite of his age.
Of course, that choice to keep playing could all hinge upon his health or perhaps even the Flyers winning a Stanley Cup. For now though, we’ll celebrate the fact that Jagr won’t just be done with the game after this season.
Montreal added some forward depth on Tuesday, acquiring diminutive forward Paul Byron off waivers from Calgary.
Byron, 26, is a veteran of nearly 150 career NHL games, most coming with the Flames. Despite fairly solid production over the last two years — 40 points in 104 games — he was exposed to waivers on Monday, along with fellow forward Mason Raymond.
(Calgary does have a logjam of players at forward, hence parting ways with Byron and Raymond.)
Byron can play both wing and center but, at 5-foot-7, 153 pounds, is one of the most undersized skaters in the league. Thankfully for him, Montreal has an affinity for undersized forwards, with the likes of Brendan Gallagher (5-foot-9, 184 pounds) and David Desharnais (5-foot-7, 174 pounds) already on the active roster.
Byron could also fill Zack Kassian‘s roster spot. Kassian is currently suspended without pay while undergoing Stage 2 of the NHL’s Substance Abuse program.
The New York Islanders have claimed goalie Jean-Francois Berube off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings, the club announced today.
Berube won the Calder Cup last season with AHL Manchester, but the 24-year-old has yet to appear in an NHL game.
That the Isles claimed Berube could be evidence that Jaroslav Halak will not be ready to start the season after all.
If that’s the case, Berube would back up Thomas Greiss, with Stephon Williams expected to go to the AHL.
The Isles open their regular season Friday at home versus the Blackhawks, then play the next day in Chicago.