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Daily Cupcakes - Links from around the unlocked out NHL - January 23rd, 2013

Doug Pensinger

Denver Post has a piece about Shane O`Brien and the rest of the defense.

"Coming off the lockout and stuff, it was a different situation," O'Brien, 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, said of last week's abbreviated training camp. "I'm feeling better each day. It's tough to judge in practice how you're playing, because the games are so much different. It would be nice to get in there and see how I feel during a game. Right now, that's not the case. So all I have is practice to prove I'm ready to play."

A recap of the Ducks - Flames game. Okay, I admit it, I'm only linking it because of Daniel Winnik and that they refer to him as "rugged" as well.

Anaheim Ducks winger Daniel Winnik is making an early case that he was the NHL's best free-agent signing in the offseason.

Winnik scored just eight goals between the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks in 2011-12, but the rugged forward already has four in two games for the Ducks, including two in Monday night's 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames in the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The National Post has a story about what each team is doing to give back to the fans, with a twist.

Colorado Avalanche Any fans 14 and under will be offered heavily discounted tickets, and any second-line centres 21 and under will be offered a heavily discounted contract.

A small article and video: Landeskog discussing Ryan O`Reilly and P.A. Parenteau.

On Xfinity Monday Live, Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog weighed in on the impasse, saying that some of the players have reached out to O’Reilly, who is playing in Russia right now.

"We all know what kind of situation he’s in and it’s really between him, his agent and Greg Sherman so there’s not much we can do about it. We’ll try as best we can but it is a business and it’s unfortunate that we have to play without our No. 1 center right now," Landeskog said.