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Jaromir Jagr has agreement to return to Devils

Jaromir-Jagr-DevilsJaromir Jagr turned 42 in February. If he was your average professional athlete, his career would have been long over right now. We all know he is not, which is why Jagr still managed to have an extremely productive season with the New Jersey Devils this year, scoring 24 goals and notching 43 assists. Why wouldn’t they want him back?

On Tuesday, Jagr told iSport that he has a verbal agreement in place with the Devils and will return to New Jersey next season. His agent Petr Svoboda later confirmed the news.

“Absolutely. The deal is very very close but it’s not finalized yet,” Svoboda told Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger. “Lou (Lamoriello) will let you know as soon as it’s complete.”

The Devils missed the playoffs by two points this season, finishing with the 9th-best record in the Eastern Conference. Jagr enjoyed playing for coach Peter DeBoer and told iSport that he “understands hockey” and has the ability to take the Devils even further next season.

Assuming he does come back, the 2014-2015 season will be Jagr’s 21st. He has over 700 goals and 1,000 assists in his Hall of Fame career. He also played in all 82 games for the Devils this season. Don’t be surprised if Jagr sticks around for another two or three years.

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Little kid has awesome reaction when Jordan Tootoo gives him his stick (Video)

Jordin-Tootoo-gives-kid-stickJordin Tootoo is currently playing for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and is hoping to make his way back to the NHL, but that doesn’t make him any less of a superstar to his biggest fan. Tootoo was skating off the ice earlier this week after pregame warmups when he came across a young fan who was looking for a high-five. He treated him to a lot more.

When Tootoo heard the kid yell his name, he stopped to say hello. He then gave him his stick and said “it’s all yours.” The kid could not have been more excited.

Tootoo spent eight seasons with the Nashville Predators before playing sparingly with the Detroit Red Wings over the past two. Why is the youngster such a fan? He must have have seen that bad ass video of the right winger when his nose wouldn’t stop bleeding during an interview.

Video via Reddit/NHL

Flyers fan flips Daniel Carcillo in-your-face double bird after goal (Video)

The Philadelphia Flyers lost badly at home in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, and that obviously didn’t sit well with the fans.

One frustrated Flyers fan was so upset when the Rangers scored to make it 4-1 in the third, that he gave a highly confrontational, aggressive, humorous, in-your-face double bird straight to Daniel Carcillo’s face.

Uncensored version below:

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Keep in mind that Carcillo only scored four goals during the regular season, and you’ll understand why Flyers fans were extra ticked. You have to love him playing along, too, chirping right back at the fan.

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Ah, playoff hockey.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s Big Buzz

Phil Kessel blasted by Maple Leafs fans after tweet about night fishing

Phil-KesselThe Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs just once in the past nine seasons. They lost to the Boston Bruins in the opening round last season and missed the postseason this year with a 38-36-8 record. As you might expect, Maple Leafs fans are getting a bit restless. Many of them decided to take out their frustrations on Phil Kessel Monday night.

While several other NHL teams were battling it out en route to the Stanley Cup, Kessel went night fishing with his buddies. There’s nothing wrong with fishing during the offseason, but Maple Leafs fans pounced all over him for the way he worded his tweet. Next Impulse Sports captured it before Kessel deleted it.

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The responses from Toronto fans went something like this.

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Matt Cooke takes out Tyson Barrie’s knee with dirty hit (Video)

Matt-Cooke-knees-Tyson-BarrieStop me if you’ve heard this before — Matt Cooke is facing a possible suspension for a cheap shot he threw on an opposing player. His latest victim is Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL injury after Cooke took a run at his knee on Monday night.

Cooke tried to hit Barrie well after the puck was gone, and he stuck his knee straight out as Barrie was looking to avoid contact. The end result was a brutal knee-to-knee collision that forced Barrie to leave the game for good. Cooke, a 14-year veteran who is known for being a goon, was assessed a two-minute minor penalty for kneeing.

According to the NHL Player Safety Twitter account, Cooke has been asked to have an in-person hearing with the league for the play. That typically means a suspension of five or more games is on its way, which would not be a surprise considering Cooke’s history of being a dirty player.

The Minnesota Wild went on to win Game 3 to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole. Barrie has emerged as one of the Avalanche’s best puck-moving defenseman this season, so his loss could be huge for this series and beyond.

H/T Eye on Hockey

Lightning lose to Canadiens after controversial goaltender interference call (Video)

The Tampa Bay Lightning desperately needed a win against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday to avoid falling behind 0-3 in their opening round playoff series, but they were unable to get. Thanks in part to a controversial goaltender interference call, Tampa Bay is now one game away from elimination.

It looked like the Lightning had taken a 2-1 lead in the second period when forward Ryan Callahan scored after a series of shots that sent Canadiens goaltender Carey Price scrambling all over the ice. However, an official ruled that a Lightning player had interfered with Price and waved off the goal.

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Lightning center Alex Killorn inadvertently ended up in the net after losing his balance. When he went to make his way back into the play, he barely grazed Price. Apparently the official felt that he made enough contact with Price to affect his ability to make a save. Here is the official rule on goaltender interference, courtesy of Puck Daddy:

69.3 Contact Inside the Goal Crease – If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

The fact that it happened in the crease probably made the call easier. Still, there was no way Price was going to get back into position in time to make that save. Shortly after the call, Steven Stamkos took a knee to the back of the head and had to leave the game. Montreal went on to win 3-2 and may have put an unofficial end to the Lightning’s season.

Zdeno Chara laughs at Brendan Smith during fight (Video)

Zdeno Chara and Brendan Smith play the same position. You wouldn’t know that by looking at the Boston Bruins captain when he almost squared off with Smith on Sunday, but that’s because Chara is a giant.

A scrum broke out during Game 2 of Boston’s opening round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, and Chara and Smith ended up exchanging a few minor shoves and punches. It was disappointing as far as fights go, but the fact that Chara was laughing in Smith’s face made it hilarious.

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That was clearly Chara’s way of saying, “You sure you wanna go little guy?” It was a no-win situation for Big Z, as he would have been seen as a bully if he actually dropped the gloves against a player who is seven inches shorter than him. The size difference alone would have made it an impossible fight for Smith to win, but Kudos to him for not punking out. I’m sure Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is glad a linesman eventually got in the way.