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Pittsburgh Penguins, Jason Zucker

It really doesn’t mean anything, but it could mean a lot. Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jason Zucker was in the locker room following the Penguins’ 4-3 OT win over the Minnesota Wild. It didn’t appear he was on crutches, but the team-released video only showed him leaning against the wall. Head coach Mike Sullivan loved the Penguins’ effort. Elliotte Friedman emptied his notebook from the GM meetings, and the Boston Bruins honored Tuukka Rask.

Now, I was sworn not to make a big deal of the following. I didn’t put this in the headline or run to Twitter, per my agreement with a first-hand source who confirmed the story.

….

“We don’t want this blistered in a bunch of damned headlines yet,” my source called to bark as I texted after 11 p.m.. “…Not until it’s official, OK?”

The source accepted that I have to run with it and agreed to confirm it. Pictures began to fill my DMs last night from fans at the airport–they IMMEDIATELY recognized the celebrity. Even airport employees gathered for autographs.

Jaromir Jagr is in Pittsburgh. Today. NOW. A hockey bag and a handful of sticks were a part of the luggage that he loaded into a waiting black SUV. The former Pittsburgh Penguins winger isn’t here to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1992 Stanley Cup win. He’s here to finish his career and potentially play one more NHL game for the Penguins before he files his paperwork.

There are a dozen moving parts. Can he move well enough to play in an NHL game legitimately? Does he really want to do this?

“The boys could use a little pick-me-up before the playoffs. We thought this was a great way to put a bow on this season,” the source said.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were said to be excited, “like little kids on Christmas.”

The Penguins play in Colorado on Saturday, and the organization has no plans to let Jagr play a road game. But a few days to relax, and see old friends–including Mario Lemieux, who was in town for the fantasy camp featured on AT&T Sports, were a good cover story.

Lemieux didn’t pick up Jagr up at the airport but was waiting for a late dinner with his ageless teammate.

We caution that it’s not a done deal yet. If all goes well this morning, expect an official announcement today, so the team has an entire weekend to sell tickets. The Pittsburgh Penguins brass knew this would get out and are prepared to temper expectations as “just a visit. Just a reunion with Mario.”

But it’s more than that.

MUCH, MUCH more.

It’s an April Fools joke! April Fools!

None of the above is true. Things get so serious and angry anymore that I thought we could all use a laugh. Feel free to forward this to your friends and enjoy the reaction.

Now, to the Daily…

Pittsburgh Penguins & Metro Division

It sure seemed like a gruesome injury. Kevin Fiala gave Jason Zucker a little shove near the boards, and Zucker’s leg seemed to buckle beneath him before he lay in pain. Here is the story and video of the Jason Zucker injury.

Here’s the Tweet the Penguins put out after the game. Zucker wasn’t in the hospital for emergency surgery. That’s the good news.

 

PHN+: The full report card. Minnesota was able to do a few things that should scare Penguins fans, but the Penguins also acquitted themselves well. Head coach Mike Sullivan “loved” their effort. Pittsburgh Penguins report card.

You’re still pissed at me for the Jagr prank, aren’t you?

Philly: The Flyers’ prospect pool is deep. Bobby Orr Bink is one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Philadelphia Flyers news.

Washington: A light day at practice for the Caps. Alex Ovechkin was absent, but T.J. Oshie is working his way back, again, but took a moment to greet a fan who flew 7,000 miles to be there. Washington Capitals news.

NYI: Strong start, strong finish. On Thursday, the Columbus Blue Jackets were no match for the New York Islanders.

Montreal Hockey Now: The first-place Carolina Hurricanes remained six points ahead of the Penguins. They dispatched the plucky Montreal Canadiens, 4-0.

NHL & National Hockey Now

Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman gave the inside dirt of the GMs meetings. It doesn’t look like there’s much appetite to fix the LTIR issues that allowed Tampa Bay to exceed the cap by $18 million.

Friedman didn’t have the Jagr scoop. Too bad.

Boston: “No regrets.” The Boston Bruins honored Tuukka Rask before their game on Thursday night. And Rask will be a Bruins ambassador after his failed comeback in February. Here’s the whole story. Boston Bruins news

ESPN: Auston Matthews joined some elite company with his 50th goal of the season.

NBC: James O’Brien dissected the Minnesota Wild salary cap for next season. They just signed Alex Goligoski to a two-year deal. O’Brien thinks that could force them to deal Matt Dumba.

I disagree–there’s no way Bill Guerin risks Dumba to sign Goligoski. Guerin is too good for that sort of mistake. Dumba, however, has been on the NHL trade block before.

Detroit: It wasn’t an April fools joke 24 years ago when Chris Osgood and Patrick Roy had a minor goalie “tiff.” Osgood and Roy dropped the trappers and threw down at center ice. Osgood remembers the brawl at center ice. Detroit Red Wings memories.

Colorado: Nathan MacKinnon wasn’t seriously injured in the fight with Dumba this week. The Avs got lucky. Don’t push it, writes Terry Frie. Colorado Avalanche opinion.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Al E
Al E
1 month ago

I completely fell for it. Was about to start texting everyone i know.

Mary Lurwick
Mary Lurwick
1 month ago

I emailed the Penguins to consider donating to Jagr’s Ukraine 🇺🇦 fund. Thought they would be a nice olive branch to hopefully get him to come have his number retired. Hopefully they did so, I’m sure Jagr would have been so happy. LGP!

Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi
1 month ago

You Dirty dog – well played Dan lol

Wasnt
1 month ago

Dan K should’ve waited till next article to say April fool’s…..but it does seem plausible.
Also…..while reading Dans articles does a big picture of Victoria Principal take over the site? I have to exit the site and load Dans article all over again and it’s been happening a lot lately….this is not April fools, honest.

Ted Vantroba
Ted Vantroba
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Thanks, that’s annoying

Teresa Moore
Teresa Moore
1 month ago

You dog Dan! I was trembling with excitement at the thought of Jags on the ice with Crosby & Malkin! Now I’m bummed lol!

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

That was the perfect execution of an April Fools Day joke. I am sure it was tempting to simply print the story . .. wait for about 30 minutes . . . and then deliver the April Fools tag. Of course by that time it would have gone national, would have gotten legs and provided raw meat for the dark, end of the world gloomy readers on here. Although it would have been sweet watching them trying to get the egg off of their face. Well done.

Chris Pohl
Chris Pohl
1 month ago

ya Jagoff … (and I say that as a compliment)

Chalkdust
Chalkdust
1 month ago

Loved it. Ya got me!

William Maloni
William Maloni
1 month ago
Reply to  Chalkdust

No, let the “Jagoff” slur linger a while.

William Maloni
William Maloni
1 month ago

Yep, me too. I sent it to all my hockey contacts around the country and my 17-year-old grandson pointed out what that “news” likely was.

If I hadn’t just extended my subscription…..

Dorothy Tecklenburg
Dorothy Tecklenburg
1 month ago

I was SOOOOOO happy I have tickets to the next four home games! Oh well- I’m still happy I have tickets to the next four home games. Well played.

Doug Ukish
Doug Ukish
1 month ago

I got sucked in also!
Well played..

Uros
Uros
1 month ago

I enjoyed every word of it. It was a lot of fun. I started thinking how would that look like. A shift where he skates a little bit then everybody stops to honor his career. Anyway, my imagination ran wild until reaching the end of the story. Aside from that, it’s a good signal from Zucker. I hope we’ll hear soon if it’s a serious injury. Fingers crossed.

DaGama
DaGama
1 month ago

Imagine how much tickets would be going for at that game if it were true.

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