The San Jose Sharks have decided to move Brent Burns back to defense after playing forward last season, and Burns said Saturday he's fine with it.
"I feel confident I could get 30 goals playing forward, but I also love the challenge of playing D and playing more than 20 minutes a game," Burns told the Sharks website. "I love that challenge. I love being on the ice more. I think you control the game more as a defenseman than you do as a forward. It's hard. Obviously I like both and you have fun playing as a forward too."
"This is not a long-term thing,"’ coach Jon Cooper told The Tampa Tribune. "For us, his training camp started (with the prospect team) on Sept. 11. He played three games in the rookie tournament, and he’s grinded it out. He got nicked up a little bit, and the one thing is that, this is by no means serious. We expect he’ll be back next week at some point. ... It was a freak thing, so there is no alarm."
"If Johansen’s here, we may have [Jenner] on the wing but we'd still be trying him at center," coach Todd Richards told the Blue Jackets website Saturday. "You take a player like that, a fierce competitor ... I haven't seen him take a draw yet, but I bet he takes a draw like he plays a game. You better be ready."
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack probably won't receive as much playing time with Ryan Miller now on the team, but Lack said Saturday he's excited to learn from the veteran and he's "going to try to learn as much as possible from him."
Lack received the bulk of the starts after the Canucks traded Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers in March. The 26-year-old went 16-17-5 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 41 games.
Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has participated in two days of training camp practice but is not yet cleared to play in games with his surgically repaired left wrist.
"It's been good, it's been better than what I expected, which is obviously a good thing," Lucic said Saturday, according to the Bruins website. "Just seeing my progression over the last two weeks with where it's gone, it's been good."
The Stanley Cup can stand out even in a room of more than 100 trophies.
The Cup won by the Los Angeles Kings visited UCLA on Friday during executive Dan Beckerman's day with it. Beckerman, the president and CEO of owners AEG, accompanied it to the UCLA Hall of Fame, where the Bruins' winnings are displayed.
"This room that we are standing in right now has 111 championship trophies that UCLA has, and one that the Kings won this last year," UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero told Sportsmedia101.com. "This is the right place for this trophy to be displayed."
After spending the past two seasons playing in Switzerland, Cody Almond has returned to the Minnesota Wild. On Saturday, he made his first pitch for a roster berth.
With 3,500 fans on hand at Xcel Energy Center, Almond had a goal and an assist to lead the Green team to a 5-2 victory against the White team in an open scrimmage.
Almond was a member of the Wild organization from 2009-12, splitting time between Minnesota and the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. He signed with HC Geneve-Servette in Switzerland, mostly to work on his offensive game. If Saturday was any indication, that work is paying off.
I don't know the room very well yet. I don't know how we're going to react in certain situations. We've had a couple of minor tests throughout the [preseason] ... We'll get to know each other as the year goes on. We'll figure it out.
— Oilers coach Todd McLellan on starting the 2015-16 season without a captain
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