Jets’ Patrik Laine out indefinitely with concussion from massive hit

Jets rookie winger Patrik Laine suffered a concussion Saturday afternoon against the Sabres and is out indefinitely.

Laine, the second-overall pick in last year’s draft whose 21 goals rank third in the NHL, was laid out in an open-ice hit by Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe in the 4-3 loss. The collision, 5:38 into the third period, sparked a line brawl between the teams as Laine fell backward, his head appearing to make contact with the ice.

As tends to be the case in Hollywood, the red carpet will be strong with this one beginning at Friday’s NHL100 event.

John Legend, Robin Thicke and John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting have been announced as performers during the ceremony, and Hollywood Reporter noted Michael J. Fox, Keanu Reeves, Al Michaels and Alex Trebek all will be presenters as the NHL reveals its list of the 100 best players in history.

For Sunday’s main event, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen are set to sing the anthems for the All-Star Game with Nick Jonas performing during the second intermission.

None of these names outrank Snoop Dogg.

In one of the longer divorce proceedings in recent NHL memory, the Avalanche continue to entertain the possibility of trading 26-year-old center Matt Duchene. However, GM Joe Sakic continues to frustrate potential trade partners, Avs fans and Duchene himself in failing to pull the trigger on a deal, prolonging a situation that first picked up steam at last year’s trade deadline.

Most experts believed Duchene would have had his Rocky Mountain tenure ended by now, likely by the draft in June, but Sakic — somewhat to his credit — seeks a major haul in return for Colorado’s top trade chip. Of course, there are others — count Islanders general manager Garth Snow in this camp you’d have to imagine—- who see Sakic as gun shy and afraid to get burned by dealing away a player who scored 30 goals two years ago and has 418 points in 572 games despite an off year in 2016-17.

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