Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - April 3rd, 2012

Mar 26, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) during a stoppage in play 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

Hockey's Future looks into the the Semyon Valamov acquisition.

Even if the Colorado Avalanche miss the playoffs this season, general manager Greg Sherman is likely to be all smiles. The reason behind this is, simply, his big off-season gamble seems to be working out just fine.

On July 1, 2011, Sherman paid a humungous price for then Washington Capitals goaltender, Semyon Varlamov, giving up a first round pick in 2012 and a second round pick in 2012 or 2013. The derision towards that move was immediate. The hockey pundits were immediately questioning Sherman’s decision, while Capitals fans were busy mockingly thanking the Avalanche’s general manager for the lottery pick.

At the time of the trade, it would have been hard to disagree with any of them.

Mike Keane talks about Saskatoon getting a NHL team and whether or not the Montreal Canadiens need a French-speaking coach.

Because the Canadiens fired general manager Pierre Gauthier last Thurs-day and interim coach Randy Cunney-worth is an anglophone, there has been plenty of discussion that whomever the team hires next must be able to speak French.

Keane said a French-speaking general manager is a must, but not necessarily a coach.

"French is very important to their culture and that's never going to change," said Keane. "I'm not saying the coach has to because it's about winning hockey games. Obviously, whoever goes in there will do his best to learn the language . . . If they're going to remain successful as the Montreal Canadiens have in the past, you're limiting the people that you can have coaching there."

The head coaches for the Flyers and the Penguins have been fined for comments after their game.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was fined $10,000 Monday after calling out counterpart Dan Bylsma for sending out his checking line late in Philadelphia's 6-3 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Penguins assistant Tony Granato, who stepped on the top of the side boards and in between the two head coaches, was also fined $2,500.

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