Think of all the tales of debauchery you’ve heard about the Stanley Cup. Through the years it’s served up beer, tequila, wine and other libations. Some title-winning New York Rangers in 1940 allegedly urinated in the Cup, which supposedly evoked a half-century curse on the team.
More recently, Detroit Red Wings star Kris Draper put his newborn daughter in the Cup in 2008, where she promptly pooped.
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Luckily, Lord Stanley’s trophy can be easily sanitized, which brings us to this wholesome image of how former Penguins star Chris Kunitz began Monday with the Cup.
Ben Lovejoy (New Jersey Devils-$2.67 million): Lovejoy is solid defensively, right-handed, a former Stanley Cup champion, and absolutely terrific in the locker room. Put a letter on his jersey and let him go to work. Other Devils considered: LW Michael Cammalleri and D Jon Merrill.
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Alexey Marchenko (Toronto Maple Leafs-$1.45 million): Marchenko, the 25-year-old Russian, is still feeling his way after splitting last season between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. He can compete for a spot on the right side. Other Maple Leafs considered: D Martin Marincin.
Brayden McNabb (Los Angeles Kings-$1.7 million): The 6-foot-5 McNabb is a bruising presence on the back end, though one who suffered a fractured collarbone last season. Other Kings considered: RW Dustin Brown, C Nick Shore and C Trevor Lewis.
Marc Methot (Ottawa Senators-$4.9 million): Methot will slot in on the Golden Knights’ top defensive pairing and also be one of the leaders of this team. A solid get in the expansion draft. Other Senators considered: RW Bobby Ryan.