Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - May 14th, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22: Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers poses for a portrait during the 2011 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort June 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)



Team Canada beat Kazakhstan, but it was without Ryan O`Reilly 's help.

Notes: Canadian forward Ryan O’Reilly sat out with a lower-body injury. He should be back on Tuesday. ... Kane was credited with 11 shots in a team-best 17:59 of ice time. ... The Kazakhstan roster features four players who were part of the country’s upset victory over Canada at the 1998 world junior tournament. ... Pushkarev is a former second-round pick by Los Angeles who has appeared in 17 career NHL games.

Speaking of Team Canada, Steve Yzerman is watching to see how the players react to the larger ice.

The 2014 Olympics might still be almost two years away, but it’s currently front of mind for the man in charge of assembling Team Canada. Yzerman and his entire management staff for the Games in Sochi, Russia, have made the trip to the IIHF World Hockey Championship as part of their preparation.

"When we’re picking the Olympic team, we want to watch these guys," he said Sunday.

Will Ian Laperriere consider coaching when he retires?

Tim McManus of the Post Star caught up with "Lappy" earlier this year. "I’m still young. I’m 38 soon and that’s why I’m trying everything before I make a decision. That’s why I don’t say no to anything," Laperriere said. "Coaching is the closest thing you can get to the game. It’s something that’s inside of me. But we’ll see. We’ll see."

Laperriere also won the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2011 for the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey."

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