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The bad news keeps coming for a Boston Bruins team that is having a surprisingly good season. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy will miss at least four weeks because of a sprained MCL in his left knee, the team announced.

McAvoy, 20, suffered the injury Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

McAvoy, who made his NHL debut in last season’s playoffs and more than held his own, has seven goals and 25 assists in 59 games this season.

Coming into the season, the Bruins were thought to be rebuilding around players like McAvoy, but success accelerated the plan. They have the second-most points in the Eastern Conference. At the trade deadline, then, Boston traded for wingers Rick Nash and Tommy Wingels and defenseman Nick Holden and signed Olympian Brian Gionta.

But then center Patrice Bergeron, the team’s leading goal scorer, broke his foot at the end of February. He will be re-evaluated next week. Goaltender Tuukka Rask was a late scratch Saturday with a lower-body injury, and Anton Khudobin started in goal Tuesday against the Red Wings.

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Arizona Coyotes right wing Tobias Rieder, center, of Germany, is congratulated after his goal by center Derek Stepan, front, and left wing Brendan Perlini in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Denver.

The Arizona Coyotes have traded forward Tobias Rieder to the Los Angeles Kings, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Craig Morgan.

In return, the Coyotes will receive goalie Darcy Kuemper, with backup goalie Scott Wedgewood going to Los Angeles. Kuemper and the Coyotes have already worked out an extension, per Morgan. Kuemper was set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Kuemper’s extension is for two years with an annual average value of $1.85 million, according to Morgan.

“Darcy is a big, talented goaltender who is having an excellent year,” general manager John Chayka said in a press release. “You need great goaltending in this league in order to be successful and with Antti and Darcy, we are confident that we have an excellent tandem for the future.”

Rieder, a restricted free agent after this season, has eight goals and 19 points this season for Arizona. He was a healthy scratch for the first time this year in early February against the San Jose Sharks.

Head coach Rick Tocchet said earlier this month that he wanted more from Rieder’s intangibles.

“It’s not so much his scoring,” Tocchet said. “He’s got to get inside the dots. He just hasn’t really done much.”

Kuemper, 27, has started 15 games for the Kings. In 19 total appearances, he has a goals against average of 2.10 and a save percentage of .932.

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Jaromir Jagr was released by the Calgary Flames yesterday. He could be exactly what the Anaheim Ducks need to take their young players to new heights.

Anaheim Ducks General Manager Bob Murray is executing one of the toughest management tasks in all of professional sports, rebuilding on the fly. Veteran stars Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Ryan Kesler are coming into the “back nine” of their respective careers. A young core consisting of players such as Rickard Rakell, Cam Fowler, Brandon Montour, and John Gibson are rising to prominence in the veterans wake.

Getzlaf and Perry had Hall of Famers like Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens, and Teemu Selanne to learn from when they were starting their careers. In Kesler’s case, he had the Sedin twins and Trevor Linden as tutors. The current group of young Ducks could use similar mentoring.

Taking nothing away from the current veteran leadership, Jaromir Jagr is on a different level. He isn’t the same player he was in his prime, or even five years ago. Frankly, he is slow on the ice and appears to be a step behind at times. What he brings to the table at this point in his career, is exactly what the Ducks need.

Any success guru will tell you that all champions, in any endeavor, are constantly learning and adjusting. NHL great Jaromir Jagr is the poster child for those traits in hockey. It would be easy to think after 24 years in the pros, the native of Kladno, Czech Republic would have a been there, done that mentality. Easy? Yes. Correct? Far From it.

Here is an excerpt from a story about Jaromir Jagr, written by Ben Shpigel, that appeared in the New York Times on April 7, 2016:

“… consider this episode from a practice this season. Jagr, embarrassed that Aaron Ekblad had stolen the puck by elevating Jagr’s stick, barged into the weight room afterward and declared, “Nobody will ever take the puck off my stick again.” So he and Powers grabbed one of Barkov’s sticks and attached it to a resistance machine, fashioning a contraption that allowed Jagr to fend off that lifting motion.”

Picture that for a second. Arguably, one of the top 10 players in NHL history, is working on his puck possession. After all his success in the game over more than 23 years and he still hones the little things to make him better.

Jagr’s work ethic and determination are undeniable. Here is another example, in Jagr’s own words, from an article Paul Stewart (one of the greatest referees in NHL history) wrote for the Huffington Post a year before the Times article:

“It’s 11:15 p.m. Most people are asleep and I’m just finishing my last exercise with my 30-pound vest. I sit on the bench to have some rest. I look at myself in the mirror. After a while, I ask myself a question: “Is it really still worth it?” Unfortunately, I don’t think I can answer this question. I really can’t. I keep thinking, “You are alone, no family, you work like a horse, there is no one waiting for you at home.” This doesn’t sound too great, I think. But then another question pops up: “Then why do you keep doing it?” I know the answer to this question without hesitation. “Because I love it.”

Jagr’s quality of play is still better than many NHL forwards. Even if he’s only able to go 12 minutes or so a night and chip in a few goals down the stretch, its worth it for the Anaheim Ducks to have him on the team. The team not only needs his on-ice talent, but also his dedication. Both would leave a lasting legacy.

In two or three years Getzlaf and Perry won’t be standard bearers of the team anymore. Rakell, Lindholm, Sam Steel, and Ondrej Kase will be the ones carrying the load. One way to be great is to learn from the great.