Jaromir Jagr, the Washington Capitals' leading scorer and highest-paid player, missed last night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers because of a small fracture in his wrist and his status for Friday's game remains in question. Jagr suffered the injury Saturday when he was slashed by Boston's Joe Thornton and he will attempt to skate today with his hand in a splint after his cast is removed.
"I don't know honestly" when Jagr can return, Coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I imagine Friday would be questionable at best. I guess it depends on how he can play with the splint."
The injury does not have long-term ramifications, although it has severe implications for Washington's lineup in the interim. Kip Miller, who usually skates with Jagr on the top line, remains out with a hand injury. He has missed four straight games, including last night's, and could practice again Wednesday in non-contact drills. Cassidy said Miller is questionable for Friday's home game against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Capitals were forced to use all of the forwards on their active roster for last night's game, with Josh Green, who has been a healthy scratch most of the last four weeks, taking shifts with the top line. Both of Washington's enforcers, Alex Henry and Stephen Peat, were also in the lineup last night.
Washington recalled minor league goalie Maxime Ouellet for last night's game, with starter Olaf Kolzig suffering from a stiff back, but Kolzig was able to play, and Ouellet is scheduled to return to the minors today.
Cassidy opted to remain with his third defensive pair of Jason Doig and Joel Kwiatkowski for last night's game despite their erratic play lately. Defenseman Jean-Francois Fortin remains on injured reserve with back spasms, and defenseman Rick Berry was a healthy scratch.
Today's the Deadline
NHL rosters can expand beyond the normal 23-man limit after today's trade deadline, but the Capitals' options are limited following Portland's brawl with Providence on Saturday night. Forward Colin Forbes, having a fine season with 21 goals, suffered a Grade 1 concussion after being hit violently by former Portland player Matt Herr, and is out at least a week. Defenseman Josef Boumedienne, who is earning rave reviews from Portland Coach Tim Army, is likely to be suspended at least three games for his actions in that game while Graham Mink, not a strong candidate for promotion, could get up to 20 games for two incidents when he made contact with officials. Also, top defensive prospect Nolan Yonkman underwent eye surgery yesterday and will miss six weeks.