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Daily Cupcakes - Links From Around the NHL - April 25th, 2012

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There will be no Sidney Crosby at the IIHF.

Canadian Olympic hero Sidney Crosby won’t be wearing the Maple Leaf next month at the IIHF world championship in Finland and Sweden.

Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, said his client will take a pass on the worlds to focus on training and preparing for the 2012-13 NHL season.

"Sidney feels there is an opportunity ahead to spend the next four months getting ready for next season," Brisson said in an email to Postmedia News. "He really didn’t have a full summer to train last year as he was injured and not 100%."

Luongo is willing to waive his no trade clause.

It sounded like - as Roberto Luongo’s voice quietly cracked - the Vancouver Canucks will have a new starting goaltender next season after Luongo’s six excellent years in net for the hockey team.

Luongo spoke with Vancouver president and general manager Mike Gillis on Tuesday morning and, later, speaking with reporters, Luongo said he would waive the no-trade clause in his 12-year, $64-million contract.

Alex Ovechkin doesn't like being benched.

So it turns out Alex Ovechkin is not thrilled with playing less in the playoffs.

Less than a week after saying it "doesn't matter" that he's been on the bench for long stretches of the Washington Capitals' first-round series against the Boston Bruins, the two-time NHL MVP changed his tune a bit Tuesday, acknowledging he gets upset when he's not on the ice.

But Ovechkin — paid nearly $10 million US a year as Washington's captain and leading scorer — added that he doesn't really have much say in the matter.

"Of course, sometimes you get angry you didn't play a lot [of] minutes. And sometimes you get angry you're not out there," Ovechkin said after practice Tuesday. "But if it's good for the team, you have to eat it."