Daily Cupcakes - Links from around the unlocked out NHL - February 20th, 2013

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The 30 Thoughts are awesome this week. He talks about skate cuts and a whole load of other interesting things. Of course, Ryan O`Reilly made the cut as well.

8. I would not be surprised if Colorado approached the Florida Panthers, too.

9. The other developing storyline is how Matt Duchene feels about this. The Avalanche were disappointed in him at the end of last season, so he rededicated himself. Duchene changed his diet, worked out harder than ever (partially with Sidney Crosby) and arrived with a new attitude. There is no possible way he could look at this without saying, "O'Reilly believes he's a much better player than I am." Powerful motivator.

Yip is going to get a shot at playing again.

Yip has been a healthy scratch the last two games, including a game against his former team, the Colorado Avalanche.

"It’s always frustrating," Yip said of being scratched. "You always want to go in there, no matter who the team is, you want to be in the lineup and be playing."

A player in the QMJHL had his jaw broken. The perpetrator is suspended indefinitely (there is a picture of the deformed jaw as well as a video of the incident - Johnston's stick got caught between the glass and as he was pulling it out as hard as he could he caught Lovell in the face.)

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has suspended Moncton Wildcats left winger Ross Johnston until "further notice".

During Saturday’s game against the Halifax Mooseheads, a two-handed swing by the 19-year-old caught opponent Brian Lovell in the face, shattering the Halifax defencman’s jaw.

After the Mooseheads’ video staff sent a clip of the incident to the league earlier this week, the QMJHL issued the following statement.

"Ross Johnston of the Moncton Wildcats is suspended until further notice.

The Vancouver Canucks have decided to put Malhotra on injury reserves for the remainder of the season.

General manager Mike Gillis said he believed Malhotra was putting himself at risk by continuing to play and had never fully recovered from a serious eye injury suffered in a game March 16, 2011. Gillis said telling Malhotra he was done was "the hardest thing I have done in this job."

"It is a situation that basically changed Manny’s life in half a second, and watching what he did to try and recover from that, it was a very difficult decision for me to make," Gillis told reporters Thursday. "It’s one that has been thought about for some time. It wasn’t a spur of the moment thing at all. We came to the conclusion for his long-term health, his long-term safety that this was the best thing we could do."

Malhotra had been absent from practice in recent days. The team had described his absence as a personal issue.

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