Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - April 26th, 2012

Mar 26, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan O'Byrne (3) reacts to a call against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Colorado 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Prepare to be shocked... Peter Mueller is not one of the finalists for the Masterton Trophy. All the finalist were from East coast teams.

The three finalists for the Masterton Trophy are all forwards from Canadian hockey teams.

Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators, Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens were named Tuesday by the NHL as the nominees for the award that goes to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

Another guy who didn't get the nod? Ex-Avalanche player Tomas Fleischmann. This article is a fairly in-depth about what Tomas has had to go through to play in the NHL.

Fleischmann was cleared to continue his hockey routine later that summer, in hopes that a team would sign the free-agent despite his genetic disorder. Unfortunately for Fleischmann, this is something that he will live with for the rest of his life. The doctors prescribed him an anticoagulant which is a blood thinning shot that he must inject DAILY through his stomach or thigh. He also must wear a rubberized compression suit under his dress suits on every plane he steps into.

Keith Tkachuk is speaking out against shots to the head.

Former NHL forward Keith Tkachuk believes the lack of respect among players is one of the main reasons for the high number of violent hits in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Tkachuk said the issue of respect is a new and troubling trend in hockey, something that wasn't a problem during the early part of his NHL career.

"I just think it's a bit of a lack of respect," Tkachuk told Brady & Lang on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Wednesday morning. "You know, there are no consequences for the guys on the ice, so you're getting players out of their element going after people.

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