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Daily Cupcakes- Links From Around the NHL - June 22nd, 2012

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Brandon Yip has a home next year.

The Nashville Predators signed forward Brandon Yip to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Yip was claimed off waivers by Nashville from the Colorado Avalanche in January. He had three goals and four assists in 25 games for the Predators last season.

Rumors, rumors, rumors...

Speculation is that once Jagr, a 40-year-old two-time Stanley Cup winner and the 1999 Hart Trophy recipient, lapses into unrestricted free agency on July 1, the Flames will be in there pitching ardent woo, hoping to win his heart and land his decorated but decaying services to play a little right wing and act as a buffer for incoming countryman Roman Cervenka and help with his transition to the North American game.

General manager Jay Feaster is certainly banking heavily on Cervenka, splashing US$3.75-million on a one-year deal for the Czech-born sniper. He scored 54 goals and racked up 100 points over the last two seasons for the Kontinental Hockey League’s Avangaard Oomsk, a team Jagr used to captain.

Jordan Stall just said "no" to a ten year deal.

His name goes to the top of the list of names to be bandied about in trade speculation. Rumblings are the 23-year-old wants out of Pittsburgh where he plays in the shadow of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Some say, he wants to play with his brother, Eric, in Carolina. Some believe he’d be the perfect No. 1 centre for the Leafs.

A trade for Jordan Staal would be "complicated and risky," said a source. He’s got one year left at $4 million (all figures U.S.) and will be an unrestricted free agent at age 24 in 2013. The Penguins would demand a ton (think Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri, Leaf fans) of NHL-ready, cheap talent — and the team getting him might only get him for a year.

Cheryl here, just pimpin' my new gig. I'm now covering the Denver Cutthroats via SB Nation Denver. Their inaugural season kicks off in October, and they've already signed two DU boys to the roster.

The first ever member of the Denver Cutthroats franchise is defenseman Aaron MacKenzie, a product of the University of Denver. He turned pro in 2003, signing with the St. Louis Blues, and later joined the Colorado Avalanche organization in 2008. He has spent the last three years playing in Europe and Asia. "I’m excited to be a part of things," said MacKenzie. "This is a brand new team and a new league for me. This is also a chance to return to the Denver area where I’ve had some great memories in my hockey career, and now I can add playing in the Denver Coliseum to that."

On June 21, 2012, the Cutthroats announced the signing of DU alum and Colorado Springs native Luke Fulghum. The 6-foot-0, 185-pound forward has eight seasons of pro hockey under his belt, scoring at nearly a point-per-game pace thus far in his career. Most recently, he was playing with the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom. He recorded 276 points (141 goals, 135 assists) during his time with the EIHL.