Join The700Level at MuckRuckus MS Philly in June to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Join The700Level at MuckRuckus MS Philly in June to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Today kicks off National MS Awareness Week 2012 and we're excited to tell you about a fun partnership we've made with the National MS Society.  Part of the goal of MS Awareness Week is to come together to share, educate, and build awareness for multiple sclerosis --a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. We plan to do this by getting muddy (and rather sore).

We've teamed up with the National MS Society to put a team together of The700Level.com readers and contributors to participate in the 2012 MuckRuckus that will take place in Newtown Square the Weekend of June 9-10, 2012. Yes, we'll be mucking and grinding. The event is a 5 mile run through mud and an array of obstacles. We also plan to organize a post-race gathering where you can replenish the calories and fluids lost during the race with cold, delicious beer. Details of that to come.

Our goal is to convince as many of you Level readers as possible to get dirty and join our team to raise money and bring awareness to MS by having some fun in the mud. You can join our team, The700Level.com Muckers and Grinders, by clicking here. No, really: JOIN OUR TEAM! The event was known as the Mud Run MS Philly in years past, which you may have heard about and/or participated in. There is a $50 registration fee and each Mucker will then raise $100 each for MS. There is also an option where you can donate to the MS Society in The700Level.com's team name as well without running in the race. But you know you want to get muddy with us.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "But we're out of shape people who sit in our parents basement and drink beer and read sports blogs all day long." Don't worry! You've got almost three whole months to prepare! I can tell you that I've never run five miles in my entire life, let alone through mud and obstacles, so I'll be starting from scratch to prepare for the event. You won't be alone. And you may get to hear about how my preparation is coming along over the next few months. Also of encouraging note to Level readers, there is a competitive division and then there's a "fun" division where the goal is to (basically) complete the course for a good cause. We are most assuredly about the fun.

In an effort to educate and build awareness for MS -- and encourage you all to join us -- we'll be writing a series of posts in the weeks leading up to the event about some of the 400,000 Americans living with MS, including a few who competed in the MuckRuckus in year's past. Mark your calendar's for Saturday, June 9, 2012 (1:00 pm wave for The700Level.com team) and hit the treadmill.

You can read more about MS here and sign up to join The700Level.com team in the MuckRuckus here. Don't be a wuss. It'll be fun, you'll get to challenge yourself, and it's for a good cause!

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Kings acquire Ben Bishop from Lightning

Kings acquire Ben Bishop from Lightning

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Los Angeles sent Peter Budaj, defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and a conditional pick to Tampa Bay for Bishop and a 2017 fifth-round pick.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced the trade Sunday night, less than four days before the trade deadline.

Bishop, a pending unrestricted free agent, helped the Lightning reach the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings now have Bishop and 2012 and 2014 Cup winner Jonathan Quick, who returned Saturday from a long-term lower-body injury that had sidelined him since October.

The 6-foot-7 Bishop, 30, is 16-12-3 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

End to End: Which 1 move will Flyers most likely make at Wednesday's NHL trade deadline?

End to End: Which 1 move will Flyers most likely make at Wednesday's NHL trade deadline?

Throughout the season, we'll ask questions about the Flyers to our resident hockey analysts and see what they have to say.

Going End to End this week are CSNPhilly.com producers/reporters Tom Dougherty, Jordan Hall and Greg Paone.

Today’s question: Which one move is most likely at Wednesday's NHL trade deadline?
 
Dougherty
There has been a lot of chatter about why the Flyers should sell at Wednesday's trade deadline. They won't be buying. Sell is the wrong word here. The Flyers are not selling and changing course. They are not trading Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek and starting over. Instead, the next logical step in the rebuild is to shed an expiring contract and open up a spot for a kid.

It just so happens the Flyers have three expiring contracts on defense, and one player comes to mind who would be attractive to contending teams and also paves the way for a defenseman at Lehigh Valley to gain some valuable NHL experience the rest of the season.

That player is Mark Streit, a 39-year-old puck-moving defenseman who can help a team's power play and provide some veteran leadership to boot. Streit has a modified no-trade clause in his contract, meaning he has a list of 10 teams he can be traded to, but that should not be a roadblock in moving him. He'll be a free agent on July 1 and a playoff run is far more attractive than wasting away the final two months of the season in mediocrity.

Streit does have a high cap hit ($5.25 million), but the Flyers could retain some of it. He comes off the books on July 1 and a rental for an acquiring team anyway. The cap hit would not be a deal-breaker here. That is an easy hurdle to clear in this situation.

There are valid arguments against trading Streit, and moving, say, Michael Del Zotto, another attractive expiring contract. Streit is a veteran voice in the Flyers' room and respected within the organization. He's still a valuable piece here. In a perfect world, general manager Ron Hextall can shed both Streit and Del Zotto and open up two spots on the blue line, clearing the way for two (2!) Phantoms defensemen to get some experience.

But, trading Streit is the one move I see as most likely to happen before Wednesday's deadline. Acquire a draft pick for Streit and call up Robert Hagg or Sam Morin. In this scenario, the bet here would be on Hagg. And remember, it's not selling, it's the next step.
 
Hall
Before the season, I was a big believer in trading one of the Flyers' goalies at the March 1 deadline.

Now, it makes even more sense in a season that appears to be headed for not much of anything.

Why hold on to two goalies set for unrestricted free agency when you'll almost certainly lose at least one for absolutely nothing this offseason? 

Michal Neuvirth turns 29 next month, as does Steve Mason in May. Both are having down seasons, but are still tradable and capable goalies -- whether it be in a starter's role or backup duty.

Is either goalie the Flyers' future when the team is ready for contention?

The orange and black are stocked with goaltending prospects in Anthony Stolarz, Alex Lyon, Carter Hart and Felix Sandstrom. Stolarz got a small taste of the NHL earlier this season and could more than hold down the second-string fort the rest of 2016-17. When the offseason comes, then you worry about what's next between the pipes.

But right now, one of the most rational decisions for the Flyers at the trade deadline would be moving a goalie. Neuvirth currently carries a more reasonable cap hit at $1.625 million, while Mason is at $4.1 million. Make a tough decision and start prepping more for the road ahead.

I think a trade can and should be done by Wednesday.

Paone
Thanks to injury and Dave Hakstol's recent emphasis on defensive structure, Del Zotto hasn't been in the Flyers' lineup much recently. Del Zotto is now healed from the lower-body injury that kept him out for a couple of weeks, so the part about an emphasis on defensive structure is important here when talking about his status with the Flyers.

Del Zotto has never been a defense-first type player. His strength is clearly his offensive ability. But unfortunately for Del Zotto, that's just not what the Flyers need out of their defensemen these days. So it should be no surprise he has slid down Hakstol's depth chart as the need for his role has decreased dramatically. But there are plenty of teams out there, contending ones, too, that could use some offensive punch on the blue line and on the power play. Del Zotto has played in only 30 games this season with four goals and six assists and is a role player these days, but there's a role for him somewhere out there. It's just not in Philadelphia anymore.

His $3.875 million cap hit is a bit steep, but he's a UFA at season's end, so it will come off the books. That should make a team much more willing to take a chance on Del Zotto and his cap in exchange for a draft pick, which Hextall values. Plus, he's not likely to be back here next year anyway, as the Flyers will likely start infusing more of the defensive talent they have in the minors into the big club. So might as well get something for him while you can. Contending teams can never have too much depth and those teams like to build depth through the trade market at this time of year. There's a fit somewhere out there for Del Zotto before the March 1 trade deadline.