Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - July 9th, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche skates with the puck past Brett MacLean #39 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

I want to take a moment and thank DDC and A.J. for stepping up and filling in for me the last week. Much appreciate guys.

Good news for Brett MacLean. He's on the mend, in large part to the quick action of the men on the ice who administered CPR.

Pro hockey player Brett MacLean is conscious and talking and took his first steps Friday, his mother Karen MacLean said Friday afternoon.

The 23-year-old Phoenix Coyotes prospect was playing hockey in Owen Sound Monday when he suddenly collapsed on the ice and had to be revived with CPR and an automated external defibrillator machine. He was airlifted to University Hospital in London after being stabilized in Owen Sound. Thursday he was moved out of intensive care and remains in coronary care.

It's safe to say that Luongo wants out.

As for potentially returning to Vancouver, the 33-year-old all-star made that sound very unlikely.

"I would never say never. You never know," Luongo said. "But I think we all know what's going on. We've all seen what's developed. At the end of the day, I think it's time to move on. And I'm okay with that.

"I had a great six years in Vancouver. I think it's a wonderful city. I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately, I was not able to bring a Stanley Cup there, which is probably my biggest regret. But it'll be remembered for six great years."

This one's for you A.J., the National Post thinks the Avalanche overpaid for David Jones.

Colorado: Probably overpaid for P.A. Parenteau and David Jones, who will eat up US$8-million combined next season.

Getting to know the new Lake Erie coach.

AB: Knowing that the primary goal of an AHL team is to develop players, how do you juggle that with the team goal of making the playoffs and getting a Calder Cup?

DC: The best possible scenario is to develop players in a winning atmosphere, with the priority being development. As hockey players, this is why we play. We all need to strive to win a championship.

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