Jaromir Jagr, Derick Brassard and Ryane Clowe have company in the “scoring a goal in your first game with a new team” club, as Marian Gaborik finished off a fabulous Brandon Dubinsky setup for his inaugural tally as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets:
Gaborik also collected an assist on James Wisniewski’s power-play marker and had a partial breakaway that was turned aside by Pekka Rinne.
It’s too early to call any of these moves slam dunks, but at least these players are providing instant gratification for excited fans.
Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.
Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.
Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”
The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.
According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.
“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.
Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.
Anyway, this is fantastic.