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NHL Notes; Howard Injury, Legwand Retirement, Joe Sakic Firing?

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​A few notes from around the league; 

-Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is out for the next 6 weeks with an MCL sprain, the Red Wings have confirmed. Howard has been stellar in net for the Wings this year, putting up a 1.96 GAA and a .934 SV%. 

-NHL Forward David Legwand has announced his retirement. Legwand played for the Predators, Red Wings, and Sabres during his successful career in the league. 

-Avalanche GM Joe Sakic could be in the hot seat due to the team's awful season to this point. Colorado currently sits at the bottom of the standings in the west and has overall underperformed in the past few seasons. 

NHL Notes; Pacioretty and Therrien, Trevor Linden On Trading Sedins

​A couple of significant notes from around the league; 

-According to a sportsnet report, there's apparently friction between Max Pacioretty and head coach Michel Therrien about the captain's use in the team's lineup. We've already heard plenty of chatter before about Pacioretty not being a favorite of Therrien's despite holding the C on his jersey. 

-When asked, Vancouver Canucks GM Trevor Linden said he is not trading Henrik and Daniel Sedin and that "they will be here until they decide not to be here". The Canucks continue to be talked about as a potential seller and their record and future outlook certainly make it seem like selling will be the outcome for this team. A rebuild is a must at this point for Vancouver. 

Vegas Notes; Head Coach Search, Goalies, Young Players

​Some notes on the NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, via Kevin Allen of USA Today Sports; 

-Knights' GM George McPhee says the team has not begun its search for the team's first head coach. In fact, the team may not even hire a coach until after the completion of the regular season. Ralph Krueger, Bob Hartley, and Kevin Dineen are among the speculative names that could be considered. 

-NHL teams can only protect one goalie from the expansion draft, which gives Vegas plenty of quality goaltenders from which to choose from. Among the names they could select include Semyon Varlamov, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jimmy Howard, Roberto Luongo, and Thomas Greiss. 

-On the skater side of things, McPhee plans to prioritize younger players or veterans that he can move to other teams for draft picks.