SUNRISE–Looks like Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant is back in the laboratory and trying to jumpstart two stuggling would-be goal scorers. Brandon Pirri (three goals) was moved to the top line with Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr, while Jonathon Huberdeau (one goal) was skating with second line center Nick Bjugstad in Wednesday’s morning practice.
In off-ice moves, fan-favorite Rocco Gramati and Garrett Wilson were shipped back to the AHL as just-promoted Conner Brickely and Logan Shaw will likely be taking shifts on the Panthers third and fourth lines.
Goalie Al Montoya, injured in Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings, is still sore from his goal crease collision, did not practice today. His status for Friday when the Panthers host the New York Islanders is not known.
Tickets for that and all Panthers games are available at http://www.floridapanthers.com, which also offers some outstanding Black Friday specials. Out-of town fans may want to find a week with three home games and treat themselves to the $99 package which includes two tickets to three games, free parking, a couple t-shirts and day passes for an Everglades tour. It isn’t a trip to Florida unless you see an alligator!
Final note to Monday’s game: Jagr’s power play assist was his 590th career power play point, tying him with Nicklas Lidstrom for second all time.
Speaking of all-time legends…
TIL: Jaromir Jagr has played an NHL game against Guy Lafleur http://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/199101260QUE.html …
Related to that tweet, is this one, which has a connection back to 1917!
@robvollmanNHL @mlse Jagr played Lafleur who played Horton who played with Broda who played Joliat who played Benedict, who started in 1917
The fast-skating LaFleur retired from/was forced out by the Montreal Canadiens, was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame three years following his retirement, then resumed his career with the New York Rangers for a season and then the Quebec Nordiques for two final seasons. His post hockey life includes work as the operator of a VIP helicopter service near Montreal, according to his Wikepedia biography:
Here’s the Jagr-O-Meter and updated Atlantic Division standings.
Standings will be updated after tonight’s games are complete.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide
Florida Panthers Team website: http://www.floridapanthers.com
Some Jagr-related social media accounts:
@68Jagr This is the real site, the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare.
The two best Jagr facebook pages are: https://www.facebook.com/68Jagr/ This is the page Jagr posts on, if he is going to post at all.
Another good facebook page is one produced by someone in the Czech Republic. It has more than 100,000 likes. This is not the official page, but it is very good.
@FlaPanthers and @FLAPanthersPR The official twitter accounts for news about the team.
@dougielarge Doug Cifu, few owners in sports relate to the fans as much as this man who interacts with fans and media on twitter.
@goldieonice — Steve Goldstein, TV play-by-play of the Panthers. Brings all those exciting highlights to life.
@DenisPotvinFox — NHL Hall of Famer Denis Potvin works along side Goldstein in the booth.
@HeyRedDeer color man Randy Moller who left the radio booth to help Goldstein and Potvin on TV.
@GeorgeRichards Panthers beat writer for the Miami Herald.
@HFialkov Panthers beat writer for the Sun Sentinel
@AntwanStaley Includes Panthers coverage in his all sports all the time reports
@Cats0ntheprowl twitter for Cats On the Prowl, offering detailed reviews of Panthers games and more.
@SunshineSkate twitter for The Sunshine Skate, another blog with special emphasis on advanced stats and charts that will make you dizzy.
@Zdenek_Janda US-based Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic.
@Jsmidcro Jan Smid was a US-based Czech reporter who collaborated on “Jagr”, an autobiography in the late 90’s detailing Jagr’s early life and career in the NHL.
@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey loving woman shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general. How does she do it?
@MyRegularFace She’s another gem. Watches lots of games and gets up GIFs faster than nhl.com or anyone else out there.
Quant Hockey: Career stats updated game by game by a hockey lover in Europe. Site enables you to find career leaders in any offensive category by clicking on the category you are researching.
@rytiriKladno The Kladno Hockey Club: Before coming to the NHL Jagr played for this team in the Czech league as a teenager. Now he owns the team. It’s in Czech but some devices can translate to English. Follow them at:
@HockeyCzech National organization for hockey in the Czech Republic.
@68isgr8 is the twitter for The Traveling Jagrs. Clad in different Jagr jerseys and hair styles from 68’s career, they gained league-wide recognition when they caught Jagr’s attention during a pre-game skate of a Dallas Stars game in Canada during the 2012-2013 season. Since then, they convene at games in Western Canada and make a road trip or two every year, playing street hockey with locals, posing for hundreds of pictures, and having a good time with fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend.
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter