Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - July 27th, 2012

April 7 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) during the second period of the game against the Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center. The Predators defeated the Avalanche 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Alexander Semin has found a new home.

The Carolina Hurricanes signed sniper Alexander Semin to a US$7-million, one-year deal Thursday.
Semin had 21 goals and 33 assists with the Washington Capitals last season. The 28-year-old forward also had two goals and three assists in three games during Russia’s gold-medal campaign at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
"I’m very happy to be a Carolina Hurricane," said Semin in a statement. "It’s a great fit for me. I look forward to playing with great players, and putting together a winning season."

Matt Duchene made a boy happy.

Finally, after a clever diversion that had him interviewed by The Standard, Duchene made his appearance before a surprised Durham.

"I had no idea Duchene was coming," Durham explained. "I was just stunned and really excited to meet him."

Durham would do more than just meet the Avalanche star, as Duchene challenged him to a game. The local youngster would even manage to get the best of Duchene on one of the rounds of their competition.

One of Colorado Avalanche's 2000 Draft pick is in the news.

Having previously addressed the blue line with the signing of Trevor and Tyler Ludwig, the Allen Americans focused on offense this week with the inking of forward Darryl Bootland for the 2012-13 season.

Cheryl here...I've continued with the article series on Jay Meloff at his request. The second installment talks about his decision to go ahead with the tryouts and his training routine as he prepares.

Yet when Jay was finally able to ask himself those hard questions about his future, he realized he simply couldn’t give up his dream. "Yes, I am still trying out. This is what Jessi wanted, and I know she still wants it and is still rooting for me and will be there, cheering me on," Jay said. "It’s something I need to do. Jessi wanted me to achieve my childhood dream ... She would have done anything to get me on that team, and now I have to do anything and everything for her and for me to do it."

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