Canucks GM doesn’t dismiss possibility of signing veteran goalie

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If new Vancouver general manager Jim Benning really does think the Canucks can be turned around “in a hurry,” he may want to seriously consider getting some insurance in goal.

As it stands, the Canucks have Eddie Lack, 26, as their starter and Jacob Markstrom, 24, as their backup. The two Swedish netminders have just 78 career NHL starts between them.

Today on Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio, Benning didn’t dismiss the possibility of signing a veteran goalie, one we assume would compete for starting time with Lack while Markstrom played regularly in the AHL.

“We’re going to look at every avenue we have to make our team competitive. Vancouver is a big-market city, we’ve got a passionate fan base, [and] our owners want to win,” Benning said (audio).

If Benning does decide to pursue a veteran goalie, Ryan Miller and Jonas Hiller are pending unrestricted free agents…

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Report: Language in purchase agreement states Steve Ballmer will not move Clippers from Los Angeles

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There have been plenty of moving parts to the saga involving Donald Sterling and the potential sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, but Friday’s developments — which include the NBA announcing a settlement with the Sterling family trust that would see the team sold to Steve Ballmer and the June 3 hearing to terminate ownership canceled — would lead us to believe that things are winding down toward a somewhat inevitable conclusion.

Ballmer was part of the group that attempted to purchase the Sacramento Kings, with the intent of moving that franchise to Seattle. The former Microsoft CEO obviously has roots there, but his pending purchase of L.A.’s junior franchise would reportedly include language in the deal that would preclude him from moving the Clippers from the second largest media market in the U.S.

From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com:

There is language in the purchase agreement w/ Ballmer that…

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Lundqvist: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever been more determined to win a game’

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Since the 2005-06 season, Henrik Lundqvist has been a standout performer for the New York Rangers. Along the way he’s won Olympic medals while becoming rich and famous, yet he accomplished a first on Thursday: Lundqvist is finally going to a Stanley Cup Final round.

Make no mistake about it. He wanted this badly.

It showed in the 32-year-old stopping all 18 Montreal Canadiens shots on goal, although you probably only need to witness this save to consider how much “King Henrik” wanted it:

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If that low shot total didn’t indicate it, the Rangers enjoyed a great Game 6 as a team (their best performance of the playoffs, if you ask Alain Vigneault). Martin St. Louis raved about a fantastic overall effort.

Whether it’s the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings in the final round of this fantastic and competitive 2014 postseason, this much…

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24 – Second thoughts — May 29

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VIDEO:Danny Green lets that shooting hand hang in the air after his fourth 3-pointer of the night

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Throw that scouting report in the trash bin. Throw it away.

There is no explanation for what we’ve seen from the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Five games. Five cakewalks for the home teams. And a bunch of us trying to figure out how two teams could look so unbelievably good at home and then get their respective doors blown off away from home. 

It’s not just us either. It’s the same on the inside. The mighty Tim Duncan, a man whose been doing this for nearly two decades, admitted he’s never seen anything like this series.

“This is the craziest series I’ve been involved in,” he said.

Spurs coach and reigning NBA Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich made his move for Game…

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Blogtable: Larry Legend’s next move

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Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


BLOGTABLE: Indy’s big challenge | Wish he was here | Runaway Thunder


Indy's basketball braintrust: Larry Bird (left) and GM Kevin Pritchard (Kevin C. Cox, NBAE) Indy’s basketball braintrust: Larry Bird (left) and GM Kevin Pritchard (Kevin C. Cox, NBAE)

> You’re Larry Bird. If the Pacers-Heat series ends up like it looks now — any doubts? — how can you get Indiana past Miami next season?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: If I’m Larry Bird, one of the most deft passers in the NBA, I want to throttle several Pacers over the casual, even reckless way they pass the basketball. Whether getting the ball out of traps or delivering entry passes to the post, Indiana often looks amateurish — and has so for…

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Texans QB job still ‘wide open’

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Houston to stage QB competition: Just because the Houston Texans signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to replace Matt Schaub on the roster, doesn’t mean the veteran is going to be gifted the starting job. Head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that the job is still “wide open”, though he did toss some praise in Fitzpatrick’s direction. Considering the competition includes Case Keenum, T.J. Yates and Tom Savage, it would be a mild surprise if the former Harvard man didn’t win the job. But whoever wins the job is likely going to have an impact on the receiving corps — especially an already disgruntled Andre Johnson.

Ellington to see big workload: Chalk up another reason to believe in Andre Ellington’s sleeper status in 2014. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he wants to get the second-year running back 25-30 touches per game this season as the team’s lead back. As a…

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Chris Bosh says he’d take less money to stay with Heat

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been more reserved about their futures with the Heat than Chris Bosh, who said he and LeBron would return next season.

But it’s undeniable how much all three are enjoying their experience – playing and living – in Miami.

Bosh continues to be open about how badly he wants to keep this going.

Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post:

Bosh was asked about his upcoming opportunity to leave in free agency during an appearance on The Dan LeBatard Show this afternoon and said, “Yeah, I mean, I don’t want to go anywhere. I like it here. It’s Miami. Everybody wants to come here. Yeah.”

When asked if he would accept a below-market offer from the Heat, he answered, “If that’s what it takes.”

If LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen – the later two have player options – remain…

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