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Daily Cupcakes - Links from around the world - December 17th, 2012

Doug Pensinger

First up, a Leaf was barred from a restaurant.

Papers have been filed in court, accusations have been made and insults have been hurled from both sides, but on Sunday, it appeared the National Hockey League's lockout took a very personal turn for one member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Joffrey Lupul could not make a restaurant reservation.

The NHL players have started to vote on the dissolution of the NHLPA.

The vote is a sign that the NHLPA will continue moving towards dissolving itself -- something unions representing the NFL and NBA players did in labour disputes last year -- even after the NHL started mounting a pre-emptive legal challenge against it.

On Friday, the league filed a class-action complaint which asked a federal court in New York to make a declaration on the legality of the lockout. In the 43-page complaint, the NHL argued that the NHLPA was only using the "disclaimer of interest" as a bargaining tactic designed to "extract more favourable terms and conditions of employment."

Ryan O`Reilly is officially in Russia.

Former Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly is raring to get on the ice for his new KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

The 21-year-old signed a two-year deal with Metallurg earlier this month, joining his older brother Cal and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin at the team in the Ural mountains.

He arrived Sunday, and appears to be pumped for his first appearance despite an exhausting flight.

Semyon Varlamov is doing well in Russia.

Boo-yah. And hey, a Bobrovsky sighting too (16th).

He’s only been scored on 20 times after seeing over 400 shots. If you’re the Avs, you have to love how things are going for him, especially given that he’s only 24, and the prime of goalies tends to last a lot longer than that of your average skater. He’s first in goals-against-average, and first in save percentage, aided by the fact that he’s posted shutouts in a quarter of his games. Not bad.