Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - May 2nd, 2012

Mar 26, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda (8) before a face off 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

Francois Giguere will not be the Habs next GM.

Um, yeah, about Francois Giguere being the logical choice to be the Montreal Canadiens’ next GM? Never mind.

According to Richard Labbe of La Presse, who is a friend of this space, Giguere has been told he’s out of the frame for the job.

Given the main quotes in Labbe’s story are from Giguere himself, we’re going to give this one a 100 per cent on the credibility meter.

"The Canadiens let me know that I’m no longer in the running. They told me very recently, but I don’t want to say more because I wouldn’t want to hinder the team," the 48-year-old Giguere said.

Oh, Tortorella...

John Tortorella’s answers at pregame, postgame, and off-day news conferences are about as short as Alex Ovechkin’s spins on the ice during the playoffs.

The irritable coach of the New York Rangers clearly disdains the ongoing media gatherings he is required to hold as his top-seeded club faces the Washington Capitals in an Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Part of it is Tortorella’s desire to keep things close to the vest and out of the public view as he tries to guide the Rangers deep into the postseason. The other seems to be his desire to maintain the hard edge that has made him successful as a coach.

Next year's HBO 24/7 has been confirmed. The up-side? We'll get to see Liles.

The Maple Leafs will get their HBO close-up.

NHL chief operating officer John Collins confirmed Tuesday that the TV documentary series HBO 24/7: Road To The NHL Winter Classic will be back for a third season. The Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will face off in the next Winter Classic, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan’s Big House, which holds more than 100,000.

"We’re bringing it back," Collins told the Yahoo! blog site Puck Daddy, adding a Canadian network carrier is on board.

Brian Elliott is going to have some more big games.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has been ruled out for the remainder of the team's Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angels Kings.

Halak was injured in Game 2 of the Blues' first-round victory over the San Jose Sharks after a collision with teammate Barret Jackman. Halak suffered a lower-body injury in the crash and has not played since.

Brian Elliott will stay in net for St. Louis for the rest of the series, which the Blues trail, 2-0.

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