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.
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is one of the players being mentioned as a possibility to receive the "C" when the New York Rangers name their next captain, something coach Alain Vigneault said will happen at the end of training camp.
Though McDonagh told Blueshirts United on Saturday he'd welcome the honor, he said he feels leadership doesn't apply only to players who wear a letter.
"I want to be a guy that's looked upon for advice, looked upon for example. I want to try to be as consistent as I can every day and bring a positive approach every day," he said. "I'm always thinking about my teammates, trying to help them get better and get their spirits up and get them motivated."
"I found out at about the same time I did yesterday, just before practice," coach Mike Johnston said. "Really it was a situation two days ago where I didn't think he was going to skate, he wanted to just try it. He went out yesterday, so I was pleased with how he skated. But really, when we were looking at him, we thought it would be a couple of days. We talked to everyone and I still think it's going to be a couple of days."
Sam Gagner is 25, entering his eighth NHL season, and never scored more than 18 goals or finished with more than 49 points in any of the first seven. That's not the kind of production expected from the seventh player taken in the 2007 NHL Draft.
But he's optimistic a change in scenery will lead to a change in fortune.
The Blue Jackets acquired Hartnell from the Philadelphia Flyers during the summer in hopes that he'll provide leadership as well as well as offense -- he's a seven-time 20-goal scorer who's had as many as 37 goals in a season (in 2011-12) -- and an in-your-face style of play.
But it's a new environment, and he spent the first day of training camp trying to take it all it.
"I said when I got drafted that I can score 50 [goals] and I know I can score 50," Kane said Friday, according to the Winnipeg Sun. "Playing with the right guys and playing with those guys consistently, and obviously staying healthy is a big part of it too. … The sky is the limit."
The No. 4 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft took part in a session with reporters that the Sun described as mostly playful. Asked if he thought he would score 50 goals this season, Kane said, "We'll see what happens. I have to have a good start."
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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