Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - May 10th, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 11: Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche lines up for a faceoff against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on February 11, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)


When it comes to concussions, is the NHL not being careful enough?

After watching players remain in action despite exhibiting signs of a possible concussion, an established player agent is suggesting the National Hockey League alter its protocol to follow the National Football League and employ another set of eyes to help identify when an athlete might need to be pulled aside for medical observation.

Allan Walsh said players would be better served if the NHL employed an independent third party to watch for instances of head trauma.

How the success of favorite team can lead to future stars.

It's not unusual for the progeny of great athletes to follow in the footsteps of their fathers (or mothers for that matter), but it is odd for a longtime basketball star to precede a hockey superstar in a family tree. For the younger Jones, who spent most of his formative years in Colorado before moving to Dallas with his father, hockey was a natural fit because of the success of the Colorado Avalanche while the Jones family was in Denver.

In fact, Seth Jones was so taken with the likes of Joe Sakic that he committed to take a full year of skating lessons before he ever started competing on a rink. As noted by USA Hockey magazine, that skilled skating foundation has set the stage for Jones' emergence as one of the top American hockey prospects in years.

Do refs stop calling penalties during the playoffs?

The short answer is no they don't.

So far in these playoffs, there have been an average of 7.6 power plays per game, which is actually a considerable increase over the 6.6 per game there were during the regular season.

And before you ask, no that isn't all from the Penguins-Flyers bloodbath in the first round: Taking those teams out of the equation, we're still left with an average of about 7.4 per game.

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