Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - July 24th, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 18: Ryan O'Reilly #37 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his game winning goal in overtime with teammate Ryan Wilson #44 of the Colorado Avalanche as goalie Jose Theodore #60 of the Florida Panthers and Dmitry Kulikov #7 of the Florida Panthers react at the Pepsi Center on January 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Panthers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)





Yaroslavl Lokomotiv has signed a NHL'er.

Mark Flood is taking his services overseas.

After appearing in a career-high 33 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season, Flood couldn’t come to terms with the club as an unrestricted free agent and has signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Sportsnet takes a look at the Top Ten offer sheets.

1997: Rangers look to replace the loss of Mark Messier with Joe Sakic

When New York Rangers’ general manager Neil Smith failed to sign team captain Mark Messier and lost him to the Canucks in the off-season of 1997, Smith knew he needed a quick fix.

At the time, Smith thought the quick fix would be a three-year, $21 million offer sheet to Colorado Avalanche forward and superstar and Joe Sakic. Unfortunately for the Blueshirts, the quick fix never came.

The Avalanche ended up matching the Rangers’ tendered offer and they had to settle with signing Pat LaFontaine and a seven-year playoff drought.

Three Colorado Avalanche players have signed up to do a charity hockey tournament in Lucan this August. (Author's note: I wonder if they'd sign my guitar?!)

Besides Couture, a former St. Thomas Star now with the San Jose Sharks, there's Drew Doughty (LA Kings), Jamie McGinn, Ryan Wilson and Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche), Wayne Simmonds and Danny Syvret (Philadelphia Flyers), Cory Emmerton of St. Thomas (Detroit Red Wings), Matt Hackett (Minnesota Wild), Greg McKegg of St. Thomas (Toronto Maple Leafs), Patrick McNeill (Hershey Bears), Corey Syvret (Portland Pirates), Michael Latta (Milwaukee Admirals), Rob Flick (Rockford Icehogs), former Star Jake Worrad and Carter Sandlak (Belleville Bulls), Greg Noyes (Rochester IT).


If you'd like to donate money to victims of the Aurora shooting, here are a few places you can go:

To support Jessica's friend Brent Lowak who survived but is injured and needs help with medical bills

To support Petra Anderson who survived but is injured and needs help with medical bills

To support Matt McQuinn who died sheltering his girlfriend from gun fire

To support various organizations who helped or are helping all of the victims and their families

To contribute to a scholarship fund established in Jessica Ghawi's name.

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