Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - July 26th, 2012

COLUMBUS,OH - NOVEMBER 12: Ryan O'Byrne #3 of the Colorado Avalanche skates on defense against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period on November 12 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

First up, another feel good article about Ryan O`Byrne.

Just six days after celebrating his own 28th birthday, Colorado Avalanche defenceman Ryan O’Byrne was the one handing out bags of gifts Tuesday morning.

It was the latest example of the strength of the Victoria native’s beliefs in community and giving back — values and morals taught to him at a young age.

O’Byrne — in partnership with KidSport Greater Victoria, the National Hockey League Players’ Association and

Kirby’s Source for Sports — gave in a big way, providing full sets of hockey equipment for 28 underprivileged children so they can partake in his annual camp and the upcoming minor hockey season.

Steve Staios has announced his retirement.

Veteran defenceman Steve Staios is retiring and moving into the Toronto Maple Leafs’ front office.

The Hamilton native, who spent 18 seasons in the NHL, has been named Toronto’s new player development adviser.

Staios, 39, will advise the Leafs management team on the prospects and players at all levels of the organization.

Gary Bettman talks about the proposal.

The NHL Players’ Association has yet to tell the NHL what it thinks of salary rollbacks and a reduction in the salary cap — proposed last week — but is expected to do so in a counterproposal in the next week or so after letting the NHL play its hand.

"The vast bulk of our proposals are now on the table," said Bettman. "We walked the players and the players’ association through those nuts and bolts proposals."

The majority of issues not related to the salary cap — injuries, training camp, roster moves, discipline, grievances and communication methods — will be discussed again as the two sides meet Thursday and next week.

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