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Video: Bissonnette kicks it up a notch in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


You can always count on Paul Bissonnette to take things to the next level whether it’s through his Twitter or Instagram feed.

Well… he’s done it again. This time with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:

Bissonnette, who is currently an unrestricted free agent after spending five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, calls out Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers and Super Bowl champion, Russell Wilson in the video.

Rodgers was quick to offer his critique:

Perhaps if he can’t land another NHL contract, a movie career is the next logical step for Bissonnette.

Bissonnette is just the latest NHLer to take the challenge, earlier this month Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby joined in.

Pete Frates is credited with starting the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Frates was diagnosed with the progressive neurological disease, which slowly affects those suffering from the illness of the use of their muscles, in March 2012. Since then Frates has organized several charity baseball games to raise money for ALS awareness, but its’ his latest creation the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has really taken off.

For those interested, here’s the link to donate to the ALS Association (United States) or ALS Canada.

Jagr explains Bruins’ strategy: Make ‘Birdman’ beat you


Before the 2013 Eastern Conference finals began, Milan Lucic made an entertaining comparison between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Miami Heat. It makes sense, then, that Jaromir Jagr used the NBA to explain how the Boston Bruins swept the Penguins, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Seth Rorabaugh reports.

“It’s like basketball. If you have a good player, you want to double team them. Look at other guys to beat them,” Jagr said. “If you’re going to play against LeBron James, you’re going to put two guys on him. Let ‘Birdman’ (Chris Andersen) beat you.”

If you even loosely follow the NBA, you probably have Shaq’s “Birdman” chant in your head right now. If not, check Pro Basketball Talk for the latest on the colorful role player (pictured in this post).

In case you’re wondering, Lucic told NHL.com’s Matt Kalman that he’s not sure which NBA team the Bruins might be.

(One guess: maybe the Ben/Rasheed Wallace-era Detroit Pistons? It really is a tough call.)

NHL looking to NBA, NFL and MLB for CBA guidance


Noteworthy tweet from TSN’s Darren Dreger, who reports that the NHL Board of Governors is discussing the recently negotiated CBAs of the NBA, NFL and MLB in today’s meetings in Pebble Beach.

We wondered a few weeks ago if the NHL might look to the NBA for CBA ideas. Specifically, we wondered about the so-called “amnesty clause,” which allows each team to rid itself of one bad contract. The team is still responsible for paying the player’s salary, but the cap hit is gone.

That would be a minor detail though. There are bigger things to take from the NBA’s deal.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun predicted last week that, like the NBA managed to do, “the NHL will try to reduce the players’ share from the current 57 percent to below 50 percent. That’s the most direct and impactful way of minimizing player costs in the next CBA. The NBA deal’s limit on term for contracts will also interest NHL owners.”