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Rangers Report 1/30/18: A Blueshirt legend moves on

Jaromir Jagr, Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
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In the midst of the All-Star break, there wasn’t much news around the NHL except for a legend leaving the game.

Former New York Ranger forward and NHL legend Jaromir Jagr is moving on.

Jagr began the season playing for the Calgary Flames, who signed him to a one-year deal in early October.

This season he has been unable to produce at the same clip he was over the last three years while playing with the Florida Panthers. Health has been an issue for him, as he has only played in 22 of the team’s 49 games.

Just because Jagr will no longer be in the NHL does not mean his playing days are over. He is expected to join HC Kladno in the Czech Republic Hockey League. Jagr is no stranger to the league, as he played there from the 2008-09 season up until the 2011-12 season.

Jagr spent four seasons with the Blueshirts, scoring 124 goals and dishing out 195 assists (319 points) in 277 games.

A Royal All-Star Weekend

Henrik Lundqvist was the lone Ranger selected to take part in the 2018 All-Star Game in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The festivities began Saturday night with Lundqvist taking part in the Save Streak. Lundqvist would face 12 shooters and would stop 10 out of the 12 shots he faced, including a creative attempt from P.K. Subban.

Fast forward to Sunday afternoon and Lundqvist would get the start in goal for the Metropolitan Division. He faced just seven shots in 10 minutes of action, making five saves.

The Metropolitan Division would fall to the Atlantic Division 7-4.

Prospect Update

Defenseman John Gilmour took part in the AHL skills competition and won the fastest skater competition. Gilmour completed the course in just 13.663 seconds. This season he has 25 points in 41 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Also down in Hartford, Filip Chytil continues to put up points with new teammate Lias Andersson.

Chtyil collected four points in three games this week for the Wolf Pack. He continues to put up impressive numbers in Hartford and could get a chance to return to the big club towards the end of the season.

Andersson made his Wolf Pack debut on January 24 where he recorded an assist. Since then Andersson has added another assist and had a plus-two rating in the three games the Wolf Pack played this week.

Other Rangers News

  • ESNY’s Brandon Spreckels explores the idea of trading Kevin Hayes.
  • The Rangers are reportedly planning on being sellers at the trade deadline this year. ESNY’s Tom Castro explores who should be on the way out if the Blueshirts do indeed sell.
  • Blue Shirt Banter’s Scott Maran says that the Rangers should lock up Brady Skjei sooner rather than later.
Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.