LeBron's Next Stop

LeBron's Next Stop
May 17, 2010, 3:19 pm
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Monday, May 17, 2010, 11:15 a.m.CSNwashington.comLeBrons Next Stop
The LeBron James Sweepstakes will officially start July 1 and Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer listed the Wizards last among the teams as possible landing spots for James.The Wizards have 18 million salary cap space.The pros for James, Windhorst lists the return of Gilbert Arenas, a couple of prospect players.As for the cons, Windhorst writes, It is James most hated nemesis franchise.Shop Malkin?
While the Capitals should be shopping Alexander Semin this summer after yet another no-show postseason series, might the Pittsburgh Penguins be floating Evgeni Malkin?Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review thinks the Penguins should consider it.The Penguins have 21.4 million in salary cap space committed to centermen Malkin, Sidney Crosby (8.7M each) and Jordan Staal (4 million) each of the next three years, Rossi reports.Rossi writes: GM Ray Shero should start making calls to his contemporaries, and his first words should be: Make me an offer for Malkin. It must include a top-line wing, a top-pairing defenseman, two roster players and either two top prospects or two first-round picks.

Bruins No Show
Remember the first eight minutes of the Canadiens-Capitals Game 5, when Washington had a 3-1 series lead and the chance to close out Montreal at Verizon Center only to not show up?The same thing happened to the Boston Bruins, says Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe.Boston had a 3-0 series lead over Philadelphia, lost Game 4 in overtime but returned home for Game 5. The Bruins lost the game and eventually became only the third team in NHL playoff history to squander a 3-0 series lead.Dupont writes: They seized nothing. No emotion. No execution. No intelligence. On a night when they had an express ticket waiting for the conference finals, they played a listless, shapeless 60 minutes that proved to be their postseason undoing. They skated around with KICK ME signs tacked on their behinds, and the Flyers obliged them for Games 5, 6, and 7.