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Morning Flurries: Milan Hejduk receives the highest honor in hockey

and Nathan MacKinnon needs to be more than “a player with promise”

Minnesota Wild v Colorado Avalanche
Former captain Milan Hejduk #23 of the Colorado Avalanche is introduced during a ceremony to honor the 20th Anniversary Team before a game against the Minnesota Wild
Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The Avs

The Colorado Avalanche will retire Milan Hejduk’s No. 23 on January 8th, 2018 [MHH]

Nathan MacKinnon needs a break-out season before Corey Pronman ranks him higher than the 13th best player under 25-years of age. [MHH]

When it comes to Nikita Zadorov, GM Joe Sakic thinks both sides are “close enough that he should be [at training camp].” [Denver Post]

The Avalanche are hiring a Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator!

The Game

Vernon Fiddler announces his retirement from the NHL, 877 games later. [The Players Tribune]

The Vegas Golden Knights and LA Kings had a twitter fight for the ages.

It looks like Alex Ovechkin won’t be heading to the Olympics [Washington Post]

Some updates in the David Pastrnak vs. Boston Bruins contract dispute:

Shane Doan inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame [Five for Howling]