Daily Cupcakes - June 29th

DENVER, CO - MARCH 06: Goalie Matt Hackett #31 of the Minnesota Wild looks on as the Colorado Avalanche celebrate a second period goal by Mark Olver #40 of the Avalanche to give the Avalanche a 4-0 lead at the Pepsi Center on March 6, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Hackett was pulled from the game after the goal. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

See, I knew Matt Duchene should have held out for more:

Crosby and the Penguins have agreed to terms on a 12-year contract extension worth $104.4 million. The contract, which will go into effect starting with the 2013-14 season and will last until Crosby is 37 years old, comes with an average annual value of $8.7 million. That's the same AAV that Crosby has in his current contract, which expires after the 2012-13 season.

The Sporting News has a nice list of the top 30 free agents heading into the big day on Sunday. Warning: annoying auto-loading video.

The top free agent on the market [Parise] will have his choice of lucrative deals, so it is really about finding the right landing spot. While Parise went to the Stanley Cup finals with New Jersey this spring, how many more times might he play for the championship if he goes to Pittsburgh? The thought of Parise on a line with Crosby, followed by an Evgeni Malkin-James Neal line, is almost too good to pass up.


The Hockey New's Adam Proteau lists the top 10 summer trades in NHL history. The Nordiques made it on there twice.

Hailed as the next truly elite player along the lines of a Wayne Gretzky or Mark Messier before he'd played a single NHL game, Lindros famously said no to playing in Quebec and set in motion a bidding war that landed the Nords franchise a huge return for him in June of 1992. The trade - and the course of history of the league - would have been very different had a league arbitrator not ruled against Quebec's attempt to nullify the Flyers deal and trade him to the Rangers instead.

The ugly Vancouver rec-league incident is still making the rounds today.

The "immature" act, which left the youth with a broken wrist, has become a teachable moment for coaches prone to losing their cool during games, said Tammy Hohlweg, manager of Richmond Steel - the team of 10-13-year-olds who lost 5-4 against the UBC Hornets last Saturday.

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