James O'Brien

Jaromir Jagr’s All-Star experience: ‘It was fun, no question about it’


Jaromir Jagr may have preferred to stay home heading into the 2016 All-Star Game, but it sure looked like he had a good time.

Indeed, instead of seeing the active legend huffing and puffing through that high-speed brand of 3-on-3 hockey, the most common image was Jagr with a huge smile on his face.

It happened most memorably when P.K. Subban presented his mulleted ode to No. 68, but really, he was grinning from ear-to-ear seemingly all weekend long.

He confirmed his good time – yet also his previous stance – to NHL.com following the tournament.

“I said before that I’d like to stay home and practice, get ready for the last 30 games,” Jagr said. “But it was fun, no question about it.”

He was happy with the 3-on-3 action, too, noting that “everyone wanted to win it.”

Jagr also seemed to defy the aging process (for the most part), including scoring a pretty goal:

Heck, Roberto Luongo provided a nice barb to NHL.com, noting that “I even think I saw him backcheck once today, which he doesn’t even do in Florida.”

As much as this ended up being John Scott’s weekend, it was clear that Jagr was treated like royalty by his fellow All-Stars. It was also clear that he loved the attention, even if he might be a little tired today.

Red Wings place Niklas Kronwall on LTIR, hope for Feb. 14 return

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) scores on Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens (30) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit Monday, March 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Detroit Red Wings announced some dismal injury news on Monday, although there’s at least a glimmer of hope buried in it.

The undeniably bad: Niklas Kronwall‘s knee issues are at least bad enough to land him on LTIR.

The hope: Head coach Jeff Blashill places Kronwall’s target for return as a Feb. 14 game against the Boston Bruins.

This is a small comfort, but perhaps Kronwall being on LTIR may provide temporary cap relief for Detroit? His cap hit is a bargain at $4.75 million, yet things are pretty tight for the Red Wings right now.

Also: Riley Sheahan is dealing with an illness that may keep him from practicing tomorrow:

2016 NHL All-Star Game draws record ratings for NBCSN

Pacific Division forward John Scott, center, is named most valuable player after the NHL hockey All-Star championship game Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Pacific Division beat the Atlantic Division won 1-0. Scott was elected as captain of the Pacific Division while with the Arizona Coyotes. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and he is now with the Canadiens' AHL affiliate in Newfoundland. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Credit the 3-on-3 tournament, John Scott or any number of factors, but either way, the 2016 NHL All-Star Game generated impressive ratings for NBCSN.

NBC Sports PR shared the word on Monday, including the following:

Overall, it was a smash success for the NHL and Nashville. Would you like to see this format return for next time?

John Scott’s story: Coming to a theater near you?


John Scott‘s journey from enforcer to voting punch-line to All-Star Game MVP smells a bit like hockey’s “Rudy,” so why shouldn’t his story hit theaters, too?*

He remarked that you “can’t write this stuff” on Sunday, but that’s not stopping the multimedia opportunities from piling in, as his agent Ben Hankinson explained to TSN.

“The John Scott ride has been nothing short of a rollercoaster to an incredible ending,” Hankinson said. “We do have a lot of different options for him to pursue, but he’s not looking to do everything there is. He’s going to have some different routes that he can take as far as books and even a potential movie. He can take it as far as he wants to.”

Scott’s story really has a little of everything.

Family drama to elicit some tears following the triumphant moment when Scott was named All-Star Game MVP.

Not to mention plenty of comic relief.

The NHL may be a little concerned about playing the bad guy, especially if this Players’ Tribune piece is heavily sourced. (The league did soften its stance with this nice gesture, though, at least.)

There will be those who complain about Scott extended his 15 minutes of fame to the 90-minute format of a biopic, but either way, Hankerson is probably right in saying that Scott’s career has been changed forever.

In other words, maybe he won’t have to plunge into the “real world” as soon as he expected.

P.S. – Have fun armchair casting the movie.

* – Seriously, Google “John Scott Rudy” and you’ll get a ton of stuff, including Bruce Arthur’s great National Post column.

Bruins tweaks: Gustavsson on IR, Subban and Pastrnak recalled

Philadelphia Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere, right, tries to block a shot by Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Philadelphia. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Boston Bruins made some noteworthy roster moves as the All-Star break draws to a close on Monday.

Let’s start in net. Jonas Gustavsson was placed on injured reserve, opening up an emergency recall for fellow goalie Malcolm Subban.

The larger on-ice impact may come with David Pastrnak (pictured) being recalled, however. While he hasn’t quite got off the ground at the NHL level so far in 2015-16, he closed out last season on a tear, so we’ll see if he can give the B’s a boost heading into a hopeful playoff run.

It may not be a long stay on IR for Gustavsson, aka “The Monster.”

“We placed Jonas on injured reserve as we await his final test results,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said. “Pending those final test results, he will be cleared for full participation by our medical staff.”