Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - July 16th, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 5: Cam Janssen #55 of the St. Louis Blues fights David Koci #28 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Scottrade Center on April 5, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Apparently, the still unsigned, Daniel Winnik is a decent ping pong player.

"I’m just taking a patient approach," he said.

The proceeds from Thursday’s event benefited brain injury research at both the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto and the Matthew Gfeller Center at the University of North Carolina.

The winners on the night were Daniel Winnik in the doubles event – where players were paired with fans – and Ryan Shannon in singles. Other players taking part in the tournament were Brett Connolly, Logan Couture, Zenon Konopka, Teddy Purcell, Joe Reekie, Joel Ward, Kevin Weekes, Wojtek Wolski and Rob Zamuner.

NHL revenues go up, but players are beings asked to cutback.

This round of discussions has a different backdrop. League revenues reached an all-time high of $3.3 billion last season, which is believed to be an increase of more than $1 billion annually since the lockout, but there are still some financially unstable teams, notably Phoenix and New Jersey.

On Friday, the owners submitted an initial proposal that according to multiple reports asked for significant concessions from the players in several key areas. While this is only the first proposed plan and negotiations are sure to follow, the offer increased speculation that the league is prepared for a stoppage.

Cam Janssen is feeling the heat about his interview.

By 9 a.m. Friday morning, Burke, founding partner of You Can Play -- a project dedicated to creating a better environment for gay and lesbian athletes -- received a phone call from Janssen.

"I had an excellent conversation with him. He was very upset about the entire thing. He was very contrite. I thought he was incredibly sincere. He talked a lot about his feeling on these issues, about gay teammates, he talked about gay friends, that type of thing. He said he got sucked in to the off-colour tone of the interview and was trying to play along and make the interviewers happy. He said he immediately regretted it. He got in his car afterward and immediately felt like, ‘Oh, that was dumb,’" Burke explained.

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