Daily Cupcakes - January 18th, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Joey Hishon, drafted 17th overall by the Colorado Avalanche, poses on stage during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Some small, seriously itty-bitty small, news on Colorado Avalanche's prospect: Joey Hishon.

Joey Hishon is never going to play hockey for the London Knights.

Mark Hunter had a pretty good idea that would be the case when he added the injured Colorado Avalanche first rounder and Stratford native as the third over-ager on his team's protected list last week, irking the Owen Sound Attack faithful again in the process.

No one is really sure when Hishon will play again. His agent, Paul Capizzano, said there is no timetable for his return, that he is in Cleveland doing workouts and seeing the doctors with the Avs' Lake Erie affiliate in the American Hockey League.

"We knew it was a long shot with Hishon, but I felt like it was the right move," Hunter said.

But his return won't be with the Knights.First up, a link from DDC for the Denver folks.

Just so you know, Nate and I are hosting a Stiffs Night Out party at my Jake's restaurant and bar THIS Saturday night at 5:30pm to watch the Nuggets take on Carmelo and the Knicks. It would be great if our fellow bloggers could join us

I knew that rookies liked taking part in the All Star festivities, but I never realized how much of a bonus it truly is for these guys.

Mark Spector, who hosts a radio show in Edmonton and writes for Sportsnet, asked last week if Jordan Eberle and/or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be upset about not being named to the All-Star team because of injury. The reason? Bonuses. After all, how many guys get named, then removed if they are hurt? Under the CBA, rookies are eligible for two types of All-Star bonuses: one for being named to the team, another for being selected MVP. Each could be worth $212,500. Don't know if there will be grievances, but the situation's been discussed. And, their time away from the game decreases their chance of reaching some other bonuses.

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