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

WINNIPEG, CANADA - FEBRUARY 19: Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche reacts to a penalty call against him during their NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on February 19, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)




It's official - the Avalanche will face the Kings in Las Vegas in September.

The Los Angeles Kings will play a special preseason game in Las Vegas against the Colorado Avalanche – Frozen Fury 15 – Saturday, Sept. 29 to kick-off a new five-year contract between the Kings and MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the Kings announced Wednesday.

The new agreement extends the Kings-MGM Grand Garden Arena relationship into the Kings’ 2016 pre-season schedule. The Kings played their initial Frozen Fury preseason contest at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 1997 against Colorado.

Scott Gomez is saying that the Montreal Canadiens have not talked to him about a buyout.

Gomez, 32, has had three dismal seasons in Montreal since being acquired in a trade with the New YorkRangers in 2009. He had just two goals and nine assists in 38 games in an injury-plagued year this passed season, which has fuelled speculation the Canadiens will part ways with the veteran.

"As I’ve said before, that’s a management decision," Gomez said in a text message to the Montreal Gazette when asked about the buyout report. "I only worry about what I can control and I’m already in the gym getting ready for next season. That’s my only focus. I’ll let the media focus on rumours and debate what (the Canadiens) should or shouldn’t do."

Speaking of the Canadiens, they've named their new GM.

The most encouraging moment had no words – and no need of them.

Geoff Molson, the principal owner of the Montreal Canadiens, was taking the very first question on his fabled hockey club’s hiring of Marc Bergevin as its 17th general manager. Molson, looking as serious as this appointment to the province’s highest and most public office requires, was deep into his explanation as to why Marc Bergevin when the new GM suddenly looked to his right and winked.

That’s why.

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