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Caps visit Panthers amidst Jagr rumors

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Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - With reports of an impending trade involving All-Star , the Washington will visit the Florida tonight. Jagr, who has been ticketed to New York before with no deal actually happening, is reportedly close to being traded to the . Various reports say the two sides have made progress in trade negotiations the past two days. What is said to be the holdup in any move is the financial arrangement of a prospective deal.

Washington has lost two of its last three games (1-1-0-1), including Wednesday's 3-2 setback to visiting Toronto. snapped a tie with two goals in the third period to provide the difference for the .

scored the other goal for the , who had a five-game point streak snapped (3-0-1-1). turned aside 18-of-21 shots in the loss.

Washington will send two players to next month's All-Star Game in Minnesota. and Jagr were named to the Eastern Conference squad on Thursday.

The , 0-3-1-1 in their last five away tilts, will host Philadelphia on Sunday.

The try to halt a two-game losing streak tonight. Florida has fallen to St. Louis (OT) and Colorado during the lull, including Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the in the third portion of a four-game homestand. The Avs' completed a hat trick with the winning goal late in the third period, as the squandered a 3-0 lead en route to the defeat.

made 23 saves for the , who are 1-3-1-1 in their last six contests. , , , and each scored for Florida.

Bure has five goals and five assists in nine games this month, and leads the team with 31 points for the season (15g, 16a).

Luongo was named to his first All-Star Game Thursday, and will be the lone representative. The Quebec-bred netminder currently ranks fifth in the NHL with a .929 save percentage.

The , 5-2-3-1 in their last 11 at home, will visit Boston on Saturday.

Florida is 1-0-1 against Washington this season, but the Caps are 6-1-2 in the last nine meetings overall.

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