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Daily Cupcakes - Links from around the unlocked out NHL - January 30th, 2013


The Vancouver Sun is pretty sure that Vancouver is going to win tonight. My guess? Hedjuk scores tonight.

NO AVALANCHE WARNING: The Canucks play host to the Colorado Avalanche tonight and lately that has meant almost guaranteed win night.

The Canucks are 15-1-2 over the last three seasons versus the Avs, who like the Canucks, did not practise on Tuesday. Colorado dropped a 4-1 decision in Edmonton on Monday night to fall to 2-3-0 on the season.

Colorado will be without captain Gabriel Landeskog, who is out with head and leg injuries suffered in a hit Saturday by San Jose defenceman Brad Stuart.

If you are in Loveland, Colorado (seriously) you can go see the Stanley Cup.

It is one of the most iconic images in all of sport, and it paid a visit to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and to the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland as part of ECHL All-Star festivities. Lord Stanley's Cup dates back to 1893 when it was given as a trophy to amateur teams playing in Canada. It has since been awarded to the winner of the National Hockey League for nearly a century.

The popular 30 Thoughts features a few thoughts on the Avalanche, it is well worth a read.

3. Many of you have asked about offer sheets. As one GM (not one quoted elsewhere in this blog) said: "If Nashville is going to match that offer to Shea Weber, what the [bleep's] the point of doing one?" He added that some of the vulnerable teams are getting increased revenue sharing under a new CBA, giving them even more incentive to match -- with your money.

4. Hopefully Landeskog makes a full recovery. Hate to see anyone, much less a 20-year-old with so much in front of him, run into what could be concussion trouble. Brendan Shanahan is taking some heat for not suspending Brad Stuart for the hit, but Stuart did not target the head, didn't leave his feet before impact, kept his elbow tucked in and certainly did not intend to injure. The outcome, however, is potentially awful. No one wants to see that.

Sounds like Subban isn't the most popular guy on the team since he didn't sign before the season started.

“To be honest, I’m glad that we don’t have to talk about it any more,” said Gorges. “It’s a non-issue now and we can focus on getting ready to play the games without anything else to think about.”

Asked if he was glad to have Subban back, Gorges said: “Like I said, it’s good that it’s over and done with and it’s settled. We don’t have to have these talks in the morning of what-if-this and what-if-that. It’s over. We can focus on playing hockey.”

Often, when a player signs a contract, there are a flood of congratulatory tweets from teammates, but this time, there were only a couple from players who were not on the team last season.

Georges Laraque was visited by police.

CTV is reporting that police near Montreal have raided the home of former Canadiens forward Georges Laraque as part of a fraud investigation.

Laraque told the television network the documents seized were related to Super-Glide Canada, a synthetic ice panel company he co-founded with Montreal-based engineer Marc Filion.

CTV says Laraque, who is the deputy leader of the Green party of Canada, has accused Filion of taking company money to pay off debts and that the two men are suing each other.