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Howard off IR; Rafalski released by ECHL team; captain Vanek (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
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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 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:

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