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Monday's Dump & Chase: The Kobe Bryant of Hockey

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One of the great athletes of our generation is retiring at the end of this NBA season. Kobe Bryant, who has a hand full of rings, scoring titles, and enough money from the Lakers and Nike to fund a revolution, is leaving the NBA. If you're someone who looks for parallels between leagues, who would be the NHL's version of Kobe. Mario Lemiuex? Jaromir Jagr? Luc Robitaille? There are a few that could fit that mold. Think about that one today while you're back at your soul-crushing job after a long weekend.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Men's Hockey Wins Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend | The Harvard Crimson
Jimmy Vesey with the GWG in a 4-0 shutout, and Tyler Moy got himself on the scoresheet as well.

Predators mailbag: Are they as bad as they look? | Tennessean
Adam drops some numbers that should ease your worried mind.

Other Hockey News & Notes

3 things we learned in the NHL: Panthers can't lose in Detroit - Sportsnet.ca
The Panthers haven't lost in Detroit in 8 years. That's a real stat.

2015-16 NHL season has twelve predictions for second quarter | NHL.com - NHL Insider
"Alex Ovechkin will explode". I hope not. I hope he stays intact for the whole season and doesn't combust.

Babcock turns to untested rookie over struggling Bernier - Article - TSN
If the Leafs turn loose Bernier, Nashville should pick him up to avoid ever being shutout by him again.

Dubinsky: "I'm Not Going To Change" | BlueJackets Xtra
There's some gold in there from Torts as well.

Julien clarifies "acting" comments on Lundqvist Julien clarifies "acting" comments on Lundqvist Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
Claude Julien clarified his 'acting' comments on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, saying that it wasn't personal.

My introduction to product review and the Budweiser Red Light goal lamp - Raw Charge
It's the best invention ever. Buy one.

NHL -- Eddie Johnston is more than the Pittsburgh Penguins' good-luck charm | ESPN
Eddie Johnston, who won two Stanley Cups as a (mask-free) goalie with the Bruins, talks about forgiving Bobby Orr for putting him in a coma, owning a nightclub in Boston and today's game. A great read.

Book Review: Sports Illustrated's 'Hockey's Greatest' - Come for the history, stay for the pictures - Lighthouse Hockey
In a world where books are often overlooked and coffee table-sized books waste real estate, this photo-rich book mostly gets the medium right.

Who slides in? Assessing Rangers’ Derek Stepan fallout | New York Post
This allows for more playing time given to Viktor Stalberg or Tanner Glass. The Rangers are in good hands*.

*Stalberg technically owns a pair of hands.

Not Hockey

Dear Basketball | The Players' Tribune
Kobe Bryant is retiring at the end of this year. He wrote this.

We had to watch Alabama squash another poor opponent, but at least Will Muschamp got mad - SBNation.com
The Top Whatever is Spencer Hall's weekly ranking of the teams he feels like ranking at this particular moment. This week, Bama is Subway.

Eater’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide
This is very well done. The copper beer stein is cool. I could make one helluva Kentucky Mule in that.