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Daily Cupcakes - December 20th, 2010

Once again, these are not the cupcakes you are looking for, but they are still somewhat delicious. Albeit short...


Former Avalanche Bates Battaglia, who mercifully only spent 17 games with the Avalanche before being traded for Steve Konowalchuk, is still kicking around and recently signed with the Rochester Amerks of the AHL:

Battaglia signed a pro tryout contract in the morning and, nine hours later, was playing his first game as an Amerk."I have done this more times than I guess I would care to admit," Battaglia said of joining a new team. On his third shift of the game he proved that hockey is just hockey, regardless of who you're playing with, as he set up AJ Jenks for the game's first goal, at 5:26 of the first period.

Another former Avalanche just notched a Gordie Howe hat trick in the AHL. To add insult to injury, it was against the Lake Erie Monsters. To add even more insult to was TJ Hensick.

Slick center T.J. Hensick -- the Rivermen scoring leader -- notched a goal, an assist and had a rare fight to complete a Gordie Howe hat trick and help Peoria to a 4-0 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters before 3,476 at Carver Arena.

From the I May Have Been Wrong Department: 5 Avs have more goals this year than Ilya Kovalchuk. None of them are -21.