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NEW YORK -- Bobby Hurley says the 2014-15 incarnation of Kentucky is deeper than his early 1990s Duke teams, but that the Wildcats don't have anyone "close" to Christian Laettner and Grant Hill.

How would the 1991 or '92 NCAA champion Duke teams do against this 34-0 Kentucky team?

?It?s really hard to project with a different era and a different time, guys stayed a lot longer," Hurley told me yesterday on "The 4 Quarters Podcast" on SNY.tv. "My team was an older team, a veteran team. Laettner was one of the most clutch and versatile players ever to play at the college level and Grant Hill was a one-of-a-kind player. I don?t think Kentucky has anyone close to those two guys but collectively they are definitely a deeper team and I know that it would be hard for us to generate the offense against this team."

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NEW YORK -- Larry Brown lost his best player when Emmanuel Mudiay opted to sign for $1.2 million in China instead of going to SMU.

Now the Hall of Fame coach is worried that Mudiay's decision will set?a trend for more American ballplayers.

"I think it will get worse," Brown said Wednesday at American media day at the New York Athletic Club. "If he's as good as I know he is and he's the first, second or third pick in the draft, which I'm pretty confident he will be, I'm worried that a lot of kids will think about it.

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Emmanuel Mudiay passed through the NCAA Eligibility Center on the academic front, SMU coach Larry Brown and an NCAA source told SNY.tv on Monday.

"The NCAA Clearinghouse approved his credits from Prime Prep," Brown told SNY.tv exclusively after speaking with his compliance director earlier Monday. "I want people to know he could've gotten into SMU. He chose to go to China to help his family, not because of an amateur issue."

An NCAA source confirmed to SNY.tv that the 6-foot-5 point guard was cleared on the academic front by the NCAA. The source added that the amateurism review was not completed, so it's not clear whether or not that would have been a stumbling block.

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By?GONZALO BEDIA DIAZ

Special to ZAGSBLOG

The economic crisis is all around the world and basketball is not exempt. If you check the European market you realize something has changed. The teams sign more NCAA rookies than years before because they are cheaper than experienced and outsanding ones. And the Old Continent it is not the paradise for American players any more because the salaries have decreased.

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By JOSH NEWMAN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

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In October of 2008, Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside had a conversation, at ESPN.com, about the NHL expanding to Europe.

LeBrun's main point about European expansion is putting the game in front of people who actually want to watch it and taking it out of places where it isn't watched.

In January of 2009, Kevin McGran wrote in the Toronto Star that the future of the NHL could be in Europe.

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Recently Rangers coach John Tortorella was asked, in the NY Post, about his feelings on his players going to play in Europe during the lockout.

Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto and Carl Hagelin are all playing in Europe while others are rumored to be joining them.

Tortorella said that he worries about injuries but thinks that the guys who are playing may have an edge, ?On one hand, I worry about the risk of injury ? Rick already had the shoulder issue, which turned out to be minor ? but on the other hand, I believe the guys who are playing games and competing will be sharper and better off when camp begins."

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As first reported by Katie Strang, Josh Bailey will become the ninth Islander to head to Europe during the lockout. Point Blank has confirmed that he will be playing for the Bietigheim Steelers in the 2nd division.
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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Brian Boyle is considering his options in regards to playing during the lockout.

Boyle is considering going to Europe but doesn't have any definitive plans yet.

Last month, shortly after the lockout started, Boyle said that he wasn't planning to go to Europe.

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In a post to twitter, Larry Brooks says that Brad Richards is thinking about his options in regards to playing in Europe during the lockout.

Brooks notes that Richards isn't currently in discussions with any clubs.

Richards has previously said that he won't make any decision until around Christmas time.

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Larry Brooks tweets that Michael Del Zotto is in discussions with teams in Switzerland.

Reports out of Sweden today indicated that Carl Hagelin's team, SSK, is interested in Del Zotto and maybe Dan Girardi.

Brooks also tweets "Expect mass exodus within week to 10 days if constructive negotiations do not take place next week..."

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10:55AM:?Johan Svensson, a fellow reporter in Sweden, wrote today that SSK is looking at both Del Zotto and Girardi, along with Jonathon Ericsson.

Apparently both players can play if they obtain an Italian passport, which Girardi already owns and Del Zotto can obtain since his father is Italian.

He notes that Del Zotto may be more likely to join SSK as he doesn't have the expensive contract that needs to be covered like Girardi and he also doesn't have the wife and young child that Girardi has.

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At Ranger Rants, Andrew Gross spoke with Derek Stepan yesterday about the chance that Stepan goes overseas to play during the lockout.

Stepan said "I?m just trying to get myself ready to play. If push comes to shove and I have to go to Europe then that might be something I have to do and I?ll look at that down the road.?

Stepan, along with Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, Taylor Pyatt, Steve Eminger, Brad Richards, Anton Stralman and Mike Rupp are the Rangers who are still in the area.

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At YorkRegion.com, via PD, Michael Del Zotto said that he is "itching to play again" but that Europe likely isn't in the cards for him.

He said that the main reason is that he doesn't want to get injured in Europe and it hurt his chances at getting a good contract following the end of the lockout.

Del Zotto is an RFA and was unable to come to terms with the Rangers on a new contract before the CBA expired.

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According to Sov Sport, via Pat Williams, Ryan McDonagh may be heading to the KHL to play for HC Barys.

The title, when translated to English, is ""Barys" signs leading advocate "Rangers""

The sub-headline, when translated, is "23-year-old Ryan McDonagh in the coming hours will be player of HC "Barys"

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In the NY Times, Jeff Klein writes that the insurance to cover Henrik Lundqvist playing in Frolunda is estimated to be about $30,000 per month.

Lundqvist has two years remaining on his contract with the Rangers at a total of $13.75 million.

Frolunda secured the financing to bring Lundqvist back to Sweden over the weekend.

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According to HockeySverige, Anton Stralman is waiting on plans to play hockey in Europe as his wife is pregnant and expected to give birth early next month.

Stralman, who signed a two-year deal with the Rangers over the summer, was moving into a new house with his family over the past few weeks.

It has been indicated that his former team in Sweden, Timra, has interest in bringing him back on a short-term deal.

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In the Daily News, Pat Leonard spoke with some of the Rangers about the options that they have to go play in Europe.

  • Ryan McDonagh said that he is exploring options in Europe but doesn't want to go over until it looks like there won't be a deal to save the season.
  • Henrik Lundqvist said that he didn't want to rush into anything and sign with Frolunda before he knows how long the lockout will be.
  • Brian Boyle said that he is looking at going to Europe if the lockout looks to continue for a long time.
  • Marc Staal has had some talks about going to Europe but doesn't plan on acting on anything for some time.
This section follows all of the Rangers heading to Europe.
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In a 2004 issue of ESPN the Magazine, Rachel Nichols followed Brad Richards and Vinny Lecavalier to Kazan in Russia to see how they were doing while playing in Russia during the lockout.

Richards often joked about leaving Kazan and returning to North America before suffering a sports hernia in December that ended his season.

Lecavalier and Richards both stressed how tough it was to play for a coach and team that only spoke minimal English.

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1:32PM: In the Daily News, Pat Leonard writes that Henrik and his brother Joel talked today about the chance Henrik could return to play for Frolunda.

Joel said ?"It would be awesome to play together again, so we'll see what happens."

9:23AM: According to a Swedish report from SVT, Henrik Lundqvist is in talks with his former club in Sweden, Frolunda, about playing there during the lockout.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks spoke with Brad Richards who said that he plans to spend the fall in North America skating and training and not going to Europe.

Richards said that he won't think of making any move until at least Christmas.

Brooks notes that between 10 and 15 Rangers have been skating at the training center this week, and John Tortorella preached to Richards and Ryan Callahan how necessary structure and conditioning is during the lockout.

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In the Daily News, Pat Leonard writes that Marc Staal and Brian Boyle don't have any plans to play in Europe as of right now.

The paper writes that if it looks to be an extended lockout, both players could decide to head to Europe.

As of right now Eric and Jordan Staal are also not planning to go to Europe.

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According to a tweet from Pat Leonard, Ryan McDonagh's agent says that he has multiple offers from teams to play in Europe.

Leonard says that McDonagh's agent says that McDonagh is undecided on what he will do during the lockout.

THIS section of the blog will archive all mentions of the Rangers going to play in Europe.

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11:26AM: In regards to his comments saying he could spend the whole year playing for Davos, Nash said this to reporters in Davos about the lockout "It does not look positive.?It could be a year-round break."

9:24AM: According to a tweet from Marcel Kutcha, Rick Nash said this when he arrived in Switzerland today to play for HC Davos.

"Interesting note: On his arrival in Davos Nash told the local reporters he thinks the lockout will last the whole season..."

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Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman did an interview with a Swedish Website where he said that he didn't know what his plans were for the lockout yet.

He noted that he and his family are moving into a house in NY and he wants to get everything in order with that before he decides what he will do during the lockout.

Stralman did say that if his former team in Sweden, Timra, showed interest in him, it would be something that he would consider.

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According to the NY Times, Carl Hagelin is considering playing for his hometown team of Sodertalje in Sweden.

Hagelin's agent told Jeff Z. Klein "That is Carl?s hometown and the team where he played junior, and there is a chance that he will play there. We?ll see what other options emerge for him, and we?ll see what happens with the labor situation. No decisions have been made, no deals discussed. Just looking at the possibilities for Carl right now.?

His old team previously indicated interest in bringing back Hagelin.

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According to Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com, Brad Richards said that as of right now he isn't planning to go to Europe and play during the lockout.

Richards noted that he wants to focus on his workouts over here but LeBrun writes that as the lockout drags on, things could change for Richards.

In 2004-05 Richards played seven games in Russia before suffering an injury.

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According to Katie Strang, Rick Nash will join Davos in the Swiss league as he did during the 04-05 lockout.

Davos announced that Nash would be joining the club if there was a lockout last month but it was denied by all parties. At the team, they released a statement saying "If the NHL season because of stalled negotiations between the league and players do not start as planned in October, the HC Davos plays in the upcoming hockey season again with Joe Thornton and Rick Nash."

Nash had 27 goals and 20 assists in 44 games for HC Davos during the 2004-05 lockout.

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During the lockout of 2004-05, Brad Richards signed on to play in Russia with Ak Bars Kazan but do to a Sports Hernia injury, he was only to play seven games.

In an article from January 10, 2005, Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated writes about how Richards, Vinny Lecavalier and some other NHL players went to play for Ak Bars Kazan during the 04-05 lockout.

Farber writes "Lecavalier and Richards were on their way to a Yankees playoff game against the Red Sox in the Bronx, guests of George Steinbrenner, when reports on Ak Bars from two NHL scouts arrived via e-mail on Richards's BlackBerry. One was wildly positive. Good news from a far place. "

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According to tweets from Pavel Lysenkov, the KHL has instituted the following rules for players who wish to play in the KHL during the lockout.

From the KHL release:

The criteria applied to foreign NHL:?- to hold at least 150 games in the NHL over the last three seasons?- have experience of playing in the NHL,?- a member of the national team of his country in one of the last two World Championships, World Youth Championships or Olympic games;?- to be a winner or finalist for the Stanley Cup and the winner of one of the individual prizes, is awarded to the National Hockey League for the season.

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In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Rory Macgregor wonders how a lockout would impact the careers, stat lines, and Hall of Fame chances of some veteran players.

He notes that Brendan Shanahan was passed over from being a first ballot Hall of Famer this year and that the 2004-05 season robbed him of a potential productive season that could have landed him in the Hall this year.

Macgregor also notes that the season before the lockout Rick Nash scored 41 goals and won a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy and that during the lockout he had 46 points in 44 games in Switzerland.

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Andy Strickland tweets "Several #NHL players plotting their European plans w/ lockout looming...how many follow thru remains to be seen. These guys want to play"

Bruce Garrioch tweets "Senators D Erik Karlsson said he is hopeful the Swedish league changes its mind and allows NHL players to sign short-term"

Taylor Hall, among other players, have expressed interest in playing in Europe during a lockout.

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Before enrolling at the University of Michigan, Carl Hagelin played for the Swedish team S?dert?lje on their under 18 and on their under 20 teams.

The director of S?dert?lje told Swedish Paper Expressen that they would like to see Hagelin, along with other former S?dert?lje players, return there during a lockout.

Hagelin is on a two-way contract and can end up in Hartford according to the report.

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According to Swedish Paper, Expressen, Henrik Lundqvist said that he will not sit out an entire season if the NHL season is lost and that after waiting for a little while he will return home to Sweden and play for Frolunda.

Lundqvist said that he has talked to his brother Joel, who is the Captain of Frolunda, about playing there.

Hank said, via google translate that a lockout "would be boring, but it will be a prolonged conflict, it Fr?lunda that apply to me.I've already talked to my brother?Joel?to come home and play there."

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At TampaBay.com, Marty St. Louis talked about how if there is a lockout he is planning to go to Europe to continue his hockey career.

St. Louis cautioned though that players will take their time before making a decision, but it's something that will definitely be considered

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"If it gets to October, it usually means (a lockout) will go longer. You have to be patient before you go to Europe, but it's definitely an option guys will look into." [/sny-box]

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The Swedish Elite League, via Mirtle, has announced that they will not allow any contracts with players from the NHL that aren't intended to be honored throughout the whole season.

In 2004-05, when the entire season was cancelled players flocked to the Swedish Elite League.

Henrik Lundqvist led Frolunda to the Swedish Elite League Championship that season.

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In the Toronto Sun, Terry Koshan writes that Europe may not be that open for North American players to play in if there is a lockout.

Slots to import players, from 2-7 depending on the league, is a big reason why players may not be able to go to Europe as many of those slots have been filled for this season.

He writes that while the KHL may open up to bring in North American players, a league like the Swedish Elite League probably wouldn't.

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Andy Strickland tweets "I don't see many NHL players seriously looking at European options unless a lockout extending into mid November or December is expected."

He adds that in regards to rumors about Joe Thornton going to Europe, that he has a home in Switzerland and met his wife there during the 2004-05 lockout.

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10:55AM: Larry Brooks tweets, "Told as well that Nash is not planning on playing in Davos in case of lockout. If season somehow is canceled, that could change."

10:28AM: Darren Dreger tweets, "Contrary to reports, both Rick Nash and agent Joe Resnick say Rick has no plan to play in Davos if there is a lockout."


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Jordan Goodman, a 6-foot-9 forward with prodigious talent who has decommitted from three colleges, is considering going overseas to play professionally instead of attending junior college, a source with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.

"He and his father are seriously considering some of the offers that have been extended to them, including club teams in Spain, Belgium and France," the source said.

"He could make a decision to go to Europe as soon as September."

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post the Rangers WILL NOT open next season in Europe.

Brooks says that the expiring CBA has prevented the league from locking up and finalizing dates to play in Europe next season.

He says that the Rangers will open next season in California and then work their way east as construction finishes on Madison Square Garden.

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