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Daily Cupcakes- December 5th, 2011

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The Montreal Gazette has an article regarding Forbes findings into the NHL, and the gap between the rich and poor NHL teams.

The New Jersey Devils, for example, lose $6.1 million a year on $100 million in revenue. The Colorado Avalanche make a profit of $6.1 million on just $83 million in revenue. The payroll gap between the two teams is only $10 million. So salaries aren’t the only reason Colorado is profitable and New Jersey isn’t.

The Globe and Mail has a story about the Phoenix Coyotes.

By now, the Phoenix Coyotes should have their own permanent entry on the agenda of the NHL board of governors’ annual meeting.

When the group convenes Monday in Pebble Beach, Calif., league realignment is the biggest item to be discussed. But the Coyotes, who have been a discussion point going back to 2008, are a factor in those plans as their ownership future is still uncertain.

At this point, no one knows when the NHL’s longest recurring nightmare will end.

Luongo feels that goalies aren't afforded enough protection.

VANCOUVER — His last start was three weeks ago and he got hurt in the process.

While another injury is the least of Roberto Luongo’s concerns as he prepared to face the Calgary Flames on Sunday night at Rogers Arena, it was the same story before he suffered a lower-body cartilage injury against the New York Islanders. The ailment sidelined the starter for two games and he then watched Cory Schneider make five more consecutive starts based on merit.

The Globe and Mail also has a story about "The triumph of the hockey meathead"

Many influential hockey people and hordes of fans are okay with that. In fact, they have been for a very long time – there is a reason for Don Cherry’s enduring popularity.

"I think there’s something distinctive about hockey, it’s not necessarily the same script of masculinity as in other sports ... this is also a game that was notoriously aggressive and violent from its beginnings," said Stephen A. Robidoux, an ethnologist who teaches at the University of Ottawa and is a former major-junior player.

As the discussion over brain injuries in hockey rages on, there is anecdotal evidence that a shift is occurring at the grassroots level of the game.

Parents are grilling store clerks on the relative merits of various safety equipment, some doctors report an increase in the number of recreational players turning up in emergency rooms to be checked out for concussions.

And the Avs beat the Red Wings last night!

The Detroit Red Wings did not manage the puck well on Sunday, and it cost them.

TJ Galiardi snapped a tie with a shorthanded goal in the third period, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory at the Pepsi Center, snapping Detroit's seven-game winning streak.

Galiardi scored at 9:22 of the third, blasting a one-timer past Ty Conklin after taking a pass from Gabriel Landeskog during a two-on-one. It was created by a turnover at center ice when Darren Helm and Drew Miller couldn't control the puck.

It is the fourth shorthanded goal Detroit has allowed this season.