Daily Cupcakes - Links from around the unlocked out NHL - January 21st, 2013

Hannah Foslien

Edmonton Journal lists "15 things to know" about the Western teams. Apparently, neither the Edmonton Oilers nor the Colorado Avalanche are the youngest team in the NHL. Care to guess who it is?

Colorado: Gabriel Landeskog

Named the NHL's youngest-ever team captain back in September, when he still was 19 years old, Landeskog, the 201112 rookie of the year, turned 20 during the lockout. The flawlessly bilingual (Swedish and English) Landeskog certainly is a self-possessed and charismatic young leader.

The consensus seems to be the Avalanche will need every bit of his leadership - and points - just to crack the playoffs.

Hartley has a history of molding players.

With the Colorado Avalanche, Flames first-year boss Bob Hartley was part responsible for helping to mould the NHL careers of a young Chris Drury, Milan Hejduk, and current Calgary Flames forward Alex Tanguay.

As such, he understands the adjustment period and the struggles that young players face early on. Too much pressure, too soon can be overwhelming. Not enough positive reinforcement can damage, leaving players to second-guess themselves and their abilities.


No one told Jagr that he is forty.

"Don't get used to it, guys," joked Jagr, the NHL's active leader in goals, assists and points.

"It was strange. We had only one week in training camp. I had to get used to new teammates, too, and we didn't have a chance to play any games this season."

It can't really be called beginner's luck, though, for a player with 1,347 career games and 1,657 points.

NBC says that fans are still watching the game.

NHL fans in the United States have tuned in to hockey’s return to television.

NBC’s broadcast Saturday earned the highest preliminary rating for a non-Winter Classic regular-season game since 2002. The network said Sunday its regional coverage of Blackhawks-Kings and Penguins-Flyers averaged a 2.0 overnight rating. That’s up 67% from the average for regular-season games on NBC last year.

CBC's things to watch for this season.

How much will injuries play a role?

The 48-game schedule has been condensed to 99 days. There will be fatigue. There will limited days to recover. There won't be much practice time. With all those factors dressing room infirmaries may need a waiting room.

Good health will be important. When the New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup in the shortened season in 1995, the only key players to miss extended time with ailments were defenceman Ken Daneyko and Randy McKay. But both were healthy for the Devils long and fruitful playoff run.

So, the Vancouver Canucks's goalie situation isn't the best.

It didn’t take long for the Vancouver Canucks’ goaltending controversy to heat up again.

Cory Schneider, the netminder tagged as the club’s new starter, allowed five goals on 14 shots before getting the hook Saturday night as the Canucks suffered an embarrassing 7-3 season-opening loss at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.

“It doesn’t matter what market I was in,” Schneider said of being in the spotlight. “If I played this way, it would be unacceptable anywhere in the world. So I’m not too concerned about where I am right now.”


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