Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - June 5th, 2012

DENVER CO - JANUARY 20: Goalie Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators defends the goal as Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche collects the puck to take a shot at the Pepsi Center on January 20 2011 in Denver Colorado. Rinne had 32 saves as the Predators defeated the Avalanche 5-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)





Cody McLeod is going to be sticking around with the Colorado Avalanche. He re-signed for three years and a total of $3.45 million.

Only two players on the Avalanche roster — Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk — have more tenure than Cody McLeod. And McLeod, the player nicknamed "The Highlander," is going to stick around awhile longer with the Avs.

The former Colorado Avalanche, Curtis Leschyshyn, yes I can actually spell his name without looking it up, will be a full-time coach. Curtis was on last season's Battle of the Blades - his charity of choice was a Sick Kids hospital for that area. He is fully invested in Saskatoon.

The Saskatoon Blades are welcoming a former player to the coaching ranks on a full-time basis.

Curtis Leschyshyn spent the last half of the 2011-12 season as a part-time assistant coach.

A devastating investigation of Derek Boogaard's dependence on prescription pills.

Derek Boogaard, one of three NHL enforcers felled in quick succession last year, was given more that 100 prescriptions by team doctors before accidentally overdosing.

Many of the prescriptions, which would have dispensed thousands of pills, were written for the same kind of narcotic painkillers that killed the New York Rangers tough guy, the New York Times reports.

The Globe and Mail has a very in-depth look at not only the pills involved but Derek's history.

In a six-month stretch from October 2008 to April 2009, while playing 51 games, Boogaard received at least 25 prescriptions for the painkillers hydrocodone or oxycodone, a total of 622 pills, from 10 doctors -- eight team doctors of the Wild, an oral surgeon in Minneapolis and a doctor for another NHL team.

The records reveal the ease with which Boogaard received prescription drugs -- often shortly after sending a text message to a team doctor’s cellphone and without a notation made in team medical files. They also show the breadth of the drugs being prescribed, from flu medications and decongestants to antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills.

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