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NHL notes: Jagr reaches another milestone

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, Last Updated: 9:10 PM ET

Dallas Stars winger Jaromir Jagr has broken another barrier.

During the Stars game against the Minnesota Wild Friday, he netted his 1,000 career assist by setting up teammate Jamie Benn in the third period of their 5-3 victory.

“When I started, I never thought about any assists and points, I was happy to be able to play (in the NHL),” Jagr told the Dallas News.

The 41-year-old is the 12th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 assists mark. He is only 16 assists away from tying Joe Sakic on the all-time assists lists.

THOMPSON SUSPENDED FOR TWO

Nate Thompson is in NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan’s doghouse.

The Tampa Bay Lightning centre has been suspended two games by the league’s Department of Player Safety for his illegal check to the head of New Jersey Devils’ forward Matt D’Agostini during their game Friday.

He will also forfeit $9,729.72 of his average annual salary. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

D’Agostini, who wasn’t hurt on the play, was hit by Thompson at 11:13 of the second period.

Tampa Bay won the game 5-4 in a shootout.

FLYERS PICK UP HUSKINS

The Philadelphia Flyers got a head start to the trade deadline Saturday by acquiring defenceman Kent Huskins from the Detroit Red Wings.

The price for the 33-year-old? A conditional 2014 draft pick.

Huskins was signed by the Red Wings Jan. 22, 2013 to help the club’s injury-plagued blueline. He became expendable upon the return of Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo, as well as the surprise performance of rookie Brian Lashoff.

Huskins, who has no points in 11 games played this season, will fill the void left by injured Flyers Andrej Meszaros and Braydon Coburn.

VISNOVSKY RENEWS CONTRACT WITH ISLES

After all the drama he caused leading up the abridged NHL season, Lubomir Visnovsky has extended his contract with the New York Islander.s

The 36-year-old signed a two-year, $9.5 million deal Friday, thus avoiding becoming an unrestricted free agent this off-season.

The Slovak defencman has three goals and six assists in 22 games this season.

KABERLE ON WAIVERS

Tomas Kaberle is more known for passing than being passed over.

But the Montreal Canadiens placed the veteran blueliner on waivers Saturday.

The return of grinder Brandon Prust helped spur the move, as he joined linemates Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher for the Habs’ game against the New York Rangers Saturday night.

Kaberle’s placement on waivers also frees up cap space for potential deals leading up to this week’s trade deadline.

The Czech defenceman hasn’t been able to find traction in Montreal, netting just three assists in 10 games.

Teams interested in Kaberle will have to swallow his $4.25 million salary cap hit.

GABORIK SUB PAR ON BROADWAY

Marian Gaborik is getting poor reviews in the Big Apple this year.

Gaborik has only nine goals and 10 assists in 33 games this season, which has led to the Slovak winger having lengthy conversations with Rangers coach John Tortorella.

“We had a good conversation, but that’s it,” Gaborik told the New York Daily News Friday. “That’s all I’m going to say … I just have to be better. I have to try to get out of this funk. It’s a frustrating time, of course. I want to contribute. I want to be better.”

Not all the tomatoes should be thrown at Gaborik, however. Brad Richards and Rick Nash have also had tepid seasons. Richards has five goals and 13 assists in 31 games, while Nash has 12 goals and 16 assists.


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