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Daily Cupcakes- September 22, 2011

The Hockey News names Gabriel Landeskog in the "guys to watch for the Calder trophy"

1. Gabriel Landeskog, Avalanche

He’s still just 18, but Landeskog has a man’s body, the demeanor to use it to push opponents off the puck, and the elite skills to create offense. He’s set to play on Colorado’s second line – but easily could jump to the first forward unit – and is a lock to be in the Calder mix all season long.

Brent Severyn talks to Adrian Dater about his life as an enforcer.

It doesn't matter that you have a broken nose and lacerations on you cheek. You're expected to smile and like it. Your job is to keep everyone else up and it makes no difference if your hands are busted up so bad that you can't hold a soda can.
If I really beat up a guy, I was happy I got away unscathed, but I felt bad. I knew he'd have to handle the same embarrassment and dirty looks from his coaches and teammates, and hear from fans about how he'd had his clock cleaned. I felt oddly emotional if my opponent had to be carted off because he was injured. We fight as part of our living, but we do not want to interrupt or ruin anyone's career. It's a crazy fraternity.

Owen Nolan wants to stick around, at least for one more season, in the NHL.

It would appear Owen Nolan doesn’t view himself as a nostalgia act.

"Really, you want to go there?" he said with a laugh when asked how long ago 1990 feels.

Nor is he particularly interested in taking a trip down memory lane.

"Thanks," he said, still laughing, when it was helpfully pointed out there are players at this year’s Vancouver Canucks camp who weren’t born when he broke into the NHL. "That’s two for two. You’re not making me feel any better."

Lastly Quebec really wants a NHL team, in fact they passed a bill to try and help that happen.

 NHL hockey might be a step closer to returning to Quebec City after the legislature on Wednesday passed a law that protects an arena deal between Quebecor Inc. and the municipal government.

Bill 204 is aimed at preventing future legal challenges against the naming-rights and management agreement for a proposed $400 million, NHL-ready arena.

The provincial capital is finalizing the deal with Quebecor, owner of QMI Agency and the Sun newspapers.