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NHL Notebook: Crosby to get 'minor' work done on jaw 0

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Sidney Crosby in Game 4 of the eastern conference finals against the Boston Bruins on June 7, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.  (Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters)

Sidney Crosby in Game 4 of the eastern conference finals against the Boston Bruins on June 7, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. (Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters)

By all accounts, Sidney Crosby’s jaw – broken in March – is going to be OK.

However, it still requires “minor procedures,” according to the man himself.

“The jaw’s good,” Crosby told CTV Atlantic after an on-ice workout in Nova Scotia this week. “I think I’ll have to do some things once I get back to Pittsburgh, but (they’ll be) pretty minor procedures.”

Crosby underwent surgery after taking a teammate’s shot to his jaw. The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar returned to action for the start of the playoffs and put up 15 points in 14 games.

Currently working out with fellow Cole Harbour, N.S., native Nathan MacKinnon – also the Colorado Avalanche’s first overall selection in June’s draft – Crosby is “really happy” with how his jaw has recovered.

“I got a couple shots that didn’t feel great,” the 25-year-old said about playing through pain in the post-season, “but nothing that I felt hindered my play.”

In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara famously punched Crosby in the jaw between whistles.

JAGR TO DEVILS ‘99%’ DONE: REPORT

If word out of his native Czech Republic is correct, it appears Jaromir Jagr is headed to the New Jersey Devils.

“99 percent Jagr is gonna sign with #NJDevils. Good source,” TV Nova Sport’s Roman Jedlicka said in a Saturday morning tweet.

On Thursday, iSport.cz, another Czech news agency, reported Jagr was in Newark, N.J., “inspecting” the Prudential Center with Devils staff.

The winger, who has 1,688 career NHL points, officially became a free agent July 5. Although most marquee names are off the market, Jagr remains unsigned.

On the surface, New Jersey makes a lot of sense as a destination for Jagr, seeing as the organization bid farewell to Russia-bound Ilya Kovalchuk last week.

The New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Carolina Hurricanes have all been rumoured to have strong interest in obtaining Jagr’s services for the 2013-14 campaign.

Jagr, 41, recorded 19 goals and 35 points in 44 games with the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins last season.

GOALIE EQUIPMENT CHANGES COMING

National Hockey League goalies may be forced to break in new, smaller equipment before the fall.

The NHL Players' Association informally approved the shortening of goalie pad regulations last week, according to a report from InGoalMag.com.

The changes, of course, need to also be approved by the NHL. The league is said to be keen on slightly different dimensions than the NHLPA's suggestion but, generally speaking, is prepared to trim the size of goalie equipment.

Henrik Lundqvist, the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner, is alright with potential new regulations as long as they don't mortgage safety.

“I don’t have a problem with change, as long as the safety is the main focus,” the New York Rangers netminder told the website. “You might be able to cut a few things but we are getting close to how much you can push it."

USA OLYMPIC CAMPERS WON'T SEE ICE

The likes of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Quick won't have to lug around their hockey bag at USA Hockey's Olympic camp in August.

But not by choice; it's simply too risky for players to compete on-ice so close to the season.

Team USA's summer orientation camp, set for Aug. 26-27, won't include any scrimmages or drills due to insurance reasons, according to a Saturday report from CSNWashington.com.

The camp, which will take place at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virg., was originally scheduled to run Aug. 25 through 29. However, thanks to the potential for player injury, it's been cut down to two days of meetings.

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero, Nashville Predators GM David Poile and former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke comprise America's management team.

Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma has been assigned head coaching duties.

BRIEFLY

Chicago Blackhawks signed ex-Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Kostka and ex-Edmonton Oilers defenceman Theo Peckham to one-year contracts Saturday. They also re-signed forward Drew LeBlanc to a one-year, two-way contract … Philadelphia Flyers re-signed forward Sean Couturier to a two-year contract worth $1.75 million … Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Zac Dalpe to a one-year, two-way contract Saturday. At the NHL level, he will earn $550,000 … Columbus Blue Jackets signed ex-New York Rangers defenceman Blake Parlett and ex-Winnipeg Jets forward Spencer Machacek to one-year, two-way contracts Saturday … Pittsburgh Penguins signed ex-Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Brendan Mikkelson to a one-year, two-way contract Saturday. They also re-signed goalie Eric Hartzell to a two-year contract. At the NHL level, both will earn $550,000 … Edmonton Oilers re-signed Taylor Fedun to a one-year contract Saturday.

 

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