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5 Reasons to Jump Ship from the NBA to the NHL

From Marc Ecko’s Complex Blog:

Far be it for us to be the harbinger of economic doom, but the NBA may be headed for some tough times. In fact, let super-agent David Falk tell it: “I think [fixing the NBA system is] going to be very, very extreme, because I think the times are extreme.” Salaries are out of control, teams are losing money and the imminent end of the current collective-bargaining agreement is putting the 2010-11 NBA season in jeopardy. Sorry, but ain’t no Krypto-Nate stopping that.

So, what’s the solution? The NBA will always have its loyalists, but we have a suggestion that should be familiar to anybody who’s suffered through a declining relationship: Distance yourself now before the heartbreak, and start seeing other people. Or, in this case, another league. Yup, the NHL. Yup, ice hockey. Look, we understand that most of you are indifferent about, if not openly hostile to, following the NHL, but the time is right to give the league another chance. Read on for our top 5 reasons why it may be time to jump ship on the NBA…

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*hat-tip to Nirva Milord (NHL Director of Entertainment PR) via Twitter

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Laraque Expecting Trade

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Slightly used hard man for sale, still feared, no reasonable offers refused. Inquiries should be directed to B. Gainey, Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.

Yup, Georges Laraque says he’s on the trading block, assuming the Canadiens can find a taker for the $3-million remaining on the three-year contract he penned in the off-season.

“I haven’t asked for a trade, but with my salary and the way they’re using me, I’m definitely expecting it. The coach has told me he doesn’t like tough guys, he said I’ll be in and out (of the lineup) until the end of the season,” a dejected Laraque said after practice today.

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Kaberle = Pronger?

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Toronto general manager Brian Burke has repeatedly said he’d have to be blown away by an offer in order to trade the smooth-skating Kaberle before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.

He defined that further today.

“It would be a minimum of a first-round pick, a guy that can play on our team right now and a top prospect,” said Burke in a conference call with reporters.

Burke said he wouldn’t divulge the entire details but he would be looking for a return similar to what he gave up to acquire Chris Pronger in 2006 when he was Anaheim’s GM.

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Nightmare Scenario

Lindy Ruff informed the media this morning that Patrick Lalime is demonstrating flu symptoms, and there’s no certainty he can play tomorrow night.  In that scenario, Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge explains the problem:

If Lalime can’t go, rookie Jhonas Enroth would get his first NHL start. Lalime will travel with the team today but if he can’t dress, the Sabres don’t have another healthy goalie in their system to back up Enroth because Adam Dennis and John DeCaro are both injured at Portland.

Wow. Nightmare scenario.

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Stop The Vinny Talk

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Vinny isn’t available and anyone who suggests he might have been available earlier in the year– and the suggestees included Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey – had better check their sources.

It doesn’t mean Lawton won’t try to be active in shedding payroll. It just means the Lecavalier trial balloon they floated just before the All-Star break was so badly received the Lightning figured it out in a hurry – it was a road they couldn’t go down and retain any credibility in their market. It’s one thing to show Brad Richards and Dan Boyle the door; it’s quite another to ditch the face of the franchise, even if the face of the franchise is set to earn $85-million over the next 11 years on a heavily front-loaded contract – the first four years are all worth $10-million in cold hard disposable cash in Lecavalier’s pocket,a tidy sum considering how iffy the team’s financial picture is at the moment.

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Bell Claimed By Rangers

The New York Rangers have claimed Mark Bell from Toronto according to Fan590.

Update 12:30pm ET: From TSN

Although he has been claimed by the Rangers, he will not be in the lineup tonight when the Blue shirts face the Maple Leafs on TSN.

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Trade Questions Answered

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some questions from fans regarding possible trades.  The following is NOT an example of most of them..

Flyers need goaltending and a true 3rd line center. Flyers send Briere, Biron, Jones and a 1st round pick to Vancouver, for Luongo and Kesler and a conditional pick. Briere would waive his no trade clause because his best friend Biron is going with him. Very wishful thinking I know.

LeBrun: Ah ... no. Unless Canucks GM Mike Gillis falls on his head, he’s not going to move Roberto Luongo any time soon. I’m not sure he would even do it for Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Luongo is the best goalie in the world and those players don’t grow on trees.

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added 11:59am, More trade talk from Pierre and Scott Burnside.

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Brodeur Activated, Clemmensen Sent Down

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Martin Brodeur was activated by the Devils Wednesday morning and fellow goalie Scott Clemmensen was sent back to Lowell (AHL).

The move sets up the scenario for Brodeur to start Thursday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Prudential Center. Were the Devils not planning to start Brodeur, there would’ve been no reason to demote Clemmensen.

“It’s the best of all worlds, other than (for) Scotty,” GM Lou Lamoriello said as practice was beginning Wednesday morning. “You always have to make the best decision for the organization.”

Clemmensen, who was with the Devils the past four months under emergency recall, did not have to clear waivers. Kevin Weekes would’ve had to clear waivers.

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  Tags: martin+brodeur, scott+clemmensen

The Washington Ice Dogs

Most of the players on the Ice Dogs have autism.  Watch as the kids grasp the game of hockey.

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  Tags: autism

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