Could Jaromir Jagr be a fit with the Florida Panthers beyond just this season?
Jagr joined the Panthers in a deal with the New Jersey Devils just prior to the NHL’s trade deadline at the beginning of this month. Since then, he has nine points in 12 games with Florida, which finds itself in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
At the age of 43, Jagr is a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
The Panthers seem to love what Jagr has brought to their team so far. Now, it appears the two sides will meet to discuss a contract extension, according to a report Friday.
Nick Bjugstad, the leading goal scorer for the Florida Panthers, underwent successful back surgery on Friday, but will miss the remainder of the regular season, the club has announced.
In 72 games, Bjugstad, a towering 22-year-old center, scored a team-leading 24 goals. His 43 points were second on the team, behind only Jonathan Huberdeau.
In the short-term, it’s difficult news for the Panthers, who are fighting for a Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. They’re only three points back of the Ottawa Senators for the final Wild Card spot.
“After consulting with Nick and thoroughly evaluating the extent of his injury, we mutually felt it was important to have this procedure done as soon as possible,” said Panthers general manager Dale Tallon in a statement.
“Nick showed a tremendous amount of character over the past month, playing through an injury, while helping our club compete down the final stretch for a playoff spot. He will be closely monitored by our medical staff during his rehabilitation process and will be ready for the start of training camp in September.”
Washington forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment, the NHL announced on Friday.
From the league:
Wilson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 936 against Toronto on March 1. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 1057 at Minnesota on March 19.
Wilson received a minor penalty for embellishment on the play, at 14:45 of the second period.
Video of the incident:
With that, Wilson becomes the eighth player to be fined for diving this season, joining Toronto’s Richard Panik, Islanders goalie Michal Neuvirth (fine occurred while with Buffalo), the Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist, Florida’s Vincent Trocheck and Nashville’s James Neal and Montreal’s P.K. Subban, who has been fined twice.