Blues LW Geoff Courtnall will retire from the NHL today, a month after suffering his second serious concussion in 11 months, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The Blues have scheduled a news conference for today at Kiel Center.
Courtnall, 37, was hurt Oct. 16 on an open-ice hit by Maple Leafs D Bryan Berard. He was originally expected to miss only two weeks. Last season, Courtnall, a former Capital, missed 57 games with post-concussion syndrome.
No penalty was called on the hit by Berard, but the NHL later suspended him for two games.
JAGR FEELING BETTER: Jaromir Jagr's thigh is feeling better and the NHL scoring leader said he probably will play tonight at Tampa Bay. Jagr gave the Penguins a scare Tuesday night when he left early in the first period of a 3-2 victory over the Sabres, complaining of tightness in his right leg.
He initially had a strained groin diagnosed, the same injury that bothered him throughout the playoffs last season. But after being examined, Jagr said the injury is in the thigh area just below his right groin. He also said the pain is not nearly as bad as it was last spring, when he was forced to miss four playoff games.