It's been seven months and two days since the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup. When training camp opens Sunday, the champs will remarkably return intact to the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif.
All 36 players, including the scratches, listed on the Kings' official roster for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final are still with the organization.
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi re-signed everybody who needed to be re-signed, including Jarret Stoll, Dustin Penner and Colin Fraser. He gave a 10-year contract extension to goalie Jonathan Quick, who is healthy after having a back surgery in August.
The New Jersey Devils will raise their fifth Eastern Conference championship banner into the Prudential Center rafters, but the questions about Peter DeBoer's team heading into training camp suggest they're no sure thing to get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Devils, who reached the 2012 Stanley Cup Final as a sixth-seed, signed all but one of their unrestricted free agents -- but it just so happens the one who walked is Zach Parise, who famously signed a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild this summer.
Who will pick up the slack left behind by the Devils' former captain, who had 31 goals and 38 assists last season?
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic