There was a report yesterday about how the Pittsburgh Penguins made a pitch to the Vancouver Canucks regarding center Ryan Kesler.
Reports being what they are, the amount of truth involved is always questionable. This time around, however, the Penguins’ interest in the former Selke Trophy winner may be valid.
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Pens are “very interested” in Kesler and that they are on his list of teams he would approve a deal to.
This season, Kesler has been healthy and is third on the team in points with 39 points. He leads the Canucks in goals with 21 and has 65 penalty minutes to go with all of that. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin already locked in on the top two lines, Kesler playing center on the third line or even on the wing with either of those star centers makes for a daunting look.
Jaromir Jagr’s has another achievement to add to his future Hall of Fame career .
Jagr scored his 700th career goal to give the Devils a 2-0 lead in the first period against the New York Islanders. Jagr is the seventh player to reach the 700-goal plateau all-time and is now eight goals behind Mike Gartner for sixth all-time in goals scored.
It may not have been a highlight-reel type of goal for the 42-year-old winger from Kladno, but they all count the same when they beat the goalie. Check out Jagr’s milestone goal with the call from the Devils broadcast.
As for how the all-time goal scorers list looks, here’s the company Jagr is keeping.
- Wayne Gretzky – 894
- Gordie Howe – 801
- Brett Hull – 741
- Marcel Dionne – 731
- Phil Esposito – 717
- Mike Gartner – 708
- Jaromir Jagr – 700
Not a bad group to be associated with.
Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau joined lofty company in the annals of coaching last night.
When the Ducks knocked off the St. Louis Blues, Boudreau earned his 300th career coaching win. By getting it in his 496th career game, he became the first coach in the modern era to do so before reaching 500 games.
The previous record holder? Hockey Hall of Famer Toe Blake who won his 300th game in his 525th game. Boudreau was also the fastest to 200 wins, but he was fired after losing his next game.
Things are likely going to turn out better this time around for Boudreau, but he was rather humble about his accomplishment last night.
Boudreau has more wins ahead of him as the Ducks are atop the Western Conference and hold a seven point lead on the Sharks in the Pacific Division.