Howard off IR; Rafalski released by ECHL team; captain Vanek (Puck Headlines)
Sports News
January 28, 2014

By Sean Leahy

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

The Rick Rypien jerseys that will be worn during tonight’s warmup. #BellLetsTaIk #HockeyTalks

— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) January 28, 2014

• The Jets will auction these jerseys off with proceeds supporting Mental Health Awareness initiatives.

• Why the Washington Capitals would not be the perfect destination for Ryan Miller. “[T]he Caps would have to pay a steep price, dealing away either Grubauer or Holtby, and mortgaging their future even more. All that to solve a problem which isn’t even a problem: the Caps already have good goaltending.” [RMNB]

• Brian Rafalski only played three games for the Florida Everblades’ before missing time with a back injury. Now, in order to free up a roster spot, the team has released the 40-year old defenseman. [@TSNBobMcKenzie]

• Jimmy Howard has been activated off IR and will back up Jonas Gustavsson tonight against the Flyers. Meanwhile, Johan Franzen is put on injured reserved with concussion-like symptoms. [MLive]

• According to Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton, Pekka Rinne could be returning to the ice very soon. [Section 303]

• Max Pacioretty on his team’s struggles: “Obviously, we’re not playing the right way, but it’s not like guys are trying to sabotage the Montreal Canadiens. We want to win.” [Montreal Gazette]

• If New York City’s new mayor has his way, Madison Square Garden will be stripped of $16 million in property tax breaks. NY Daily News]

• According to a poll, only 7-percent of Canadians plan to skip work to watch Olympic hockey. If the 93-percent who plan to go to work have figured out ways to secretly get drunk and celebrate goals, please pass those tips along. [Global News]

• The story of Joe Rogers, a one-handed goaltender who played at Notre Dame. [SB Nation]

• A Canadian goes to California prepared to hate on the LA outdoor game, but cannot bring himself to not enjoy the festivities. [Grantland]

• Your captain for Team Austria at next month’s Olympics: Thomas Vanek. [Thomas Vanek]

• The Islanders and their fans were still hot after Thomas Vanek’s overtime goal Saturday against the Blues was overturned by the NHL Situation Room, who said he used a “distinct kicking motion.” Kris King of the NHL appeared on MSG last night to explain the decision. [Islanders Point Blank]

• With the outdoor craze and every NHL team wanting to host a game, a couple of Blue Jackets fans are trying to drum up support to bring a Winter Classic or Stadium Series game to Columbus. [ABC6]

• “Hooey has apparently been shot” was the call by Eastlink TV commentator Stew Kernan on Garrett Hooey going down easy. [Buzzing the Net]

• Taking a look at this year’s Olympic jerseys and separating the best from the worst. [Puck Buddys]

• Taking a look at the hottest lines in the NHL for fantasy hockey purposes. [Dobber Hockey]

• This Anders Hedberg hockey card is both fantastic and terrifying. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Finally, let’s all marvel at Roberto Luongo’s sprawling stick save from last night:

Source: Yahoo Sports Blog


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