Ducks general manager Bob Murray announced earlier in the week that left wing Matt Beleskey rejected Anaheim's free-agent contract offer. The Ducks must now find a replacement for the 22-goal scorer. The 'Pucks of a Feather' blog suggested Rangers winger Martin St. Louis, who is very unlikely to return to New York, as a potential replacement. The Ducks gained some valuable experience in this season's playoffs before being jettisioned by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Adding a veteran like St. Louis might be what the Ducks need to topple the Blackhawks, and yes, the Kings.
Kings: Their own come home
The 2015 season did not go well for the Los Angeles Kings. After winning the Stanley Cup the year before, the Kings missed out on the postseason -- in very ugly fashion, too. The Kings and Chicago Blackhawks have traded Stanley Cup wins in each of the past four seasons. With the Blackhawks winning it this year, the Kings seem destined to keep up the tradition and win it next year. In order for that to happen, the Kings need to re-sign their own, starting with center Justin Williams and defenseman Andrej Sekera.
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Clippers: The return of DeAndre Jordan
The gift is obvious -- a long-lasting relationship with DeAndre Jordan. The shot-blocking center is headed for free agency and will be looking to get paid. Without any other options at center, the Clippers need to throw all of the bags of money in Jordan's direction, and hope it results in a slam dunk.
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Angels: Get Albert to the ASG
After a very disappointing 2014 season, Albert Pujols is finally starting to look like his old self. The future Hall-of-Fame first baseman has become a threat to go deep every time he steps to the plate, so much that teams have started to intentionally walk him. Pujols already has 23 home runs under his belt, after only hitting 28 all of last season. With all of Kansas City seemingly voting for their Royals to make the ASG, it will be tough for Pujols to get in there. But the 35-year old certainly deserves a trip to Cincinnati. Make it happen, Angels fans.
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UCLA: Move on cleanly from the Diddy debacle
The Diddy debacle shook Westwood for a couple of days, thanks to Diddy his son, UCLA cornerback Justin Combs, and coach Sal Alosi. No need to re-hash who did what or who started the chaos, all that's important now is that both sides move on and start fresh, together or apart. UCLA football has more important things to worry about than fights in the weight room. With USC on the verge of having a big season in the Pac-12, the Bruins must step up their game in the absence of NFL-bound quarterback Brett Hundley.
USC: Hoping the preseason hype is more than just hype
When there's a ton of preseason hype surrounding the Trojans, it usually doesn't end well for USC. With Cody Kessler primed for run at the Heisman, the Trojans look to be the favorites in the Pac-12 South. Can Steve Sarkisian's team overcome the hype and be players in the College Football Playoff come January? That certainly would be something special, right? A gift in itself. So here's hoping the Trojans are the real deal and don't fall on their swords.