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Daily Cupcakes - Links from around the locked out NHL - October 8th, 2012

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An interview with Ryan O`Byrne about coaching.

"Obviously nice to get that first one. I was hoping to get it last week, but it didn't work out," said O'Byrne, who is experiencing a contrasting side of the game as a coach, rather than a player.

"It's a completely different perspective being back there rather than sitting on the bench," the 28-year-old Victoria native admitted.

"I'm watching it from a different perspective, trying to be positive and help guys out with certain little plays.

Duncan Siemens talks about being stripped of the C.

Like the Blades need anymore distractions. Heading into training camp, head coach and general manager Lorne Molleken decided he needed a new leader in the dressing room and stripped Duncan Siemens of the C.

Instead, he gave the captaincy to newcomer Brendan Walker. He left it up to Walker to pick his assistants and Siemens wasn’t part of it.

"At the time, I really had to look at myself in the mirror. I have a lot of support from everyone within the organization and my teammates have helped put this whole thing behind us," said Siemens.

"It was nothing personal, it’s something I had to get over right away and get down to business."

Maybe the owners and players should look at the 1994-95 lockout.

In the early summer of 1994, the NHL was hailed as "the coolest game on earth," to use one of the league's favourite advertising slogans. The New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years, putting hockey centre stage in the biggest media market in the world. For the first time, the Rangers were regularly on the front pages of the New York tabloids, not behind eight pages of coverage of one of the New York Yankees' 162 games.

The NHL was getting similar coverage around the United States, the market it has longed to capture in the same terms as basketball, football and baseball. Sports Illustrated hailed the NHL as the next big thing.

And then it all went away. Looking back, it seems like it happened in the blink of an eye but it was 10 years of self-inflicted damage that led to the lost season.