Canucks and Beyond
I usually prefer to bring up ESPN only when there’s a choice reason to make fun of that network—they certainly provide me with enough opportunities (competitive dominoes anyone? or how about fantasy fishing?!). But today I’m considering the more serious aspects of ESPN’s dominance in sports television coverage.
As NY Metroblogger Chris Baldwin asks, “If a sporting event takes place and ESPN doesn’t have a stake in it, did it really happen?”
Last night's game between Calgary and Edmonton presents conflicts that I don't enjoy -- that is, hating both teams with nearly equal passion, yet having to accept that at least ONE of them will be getting points. And even worse than that, admitting that I prefer Edmonton be that team. (*If, you know, someone pointed a gun to my head or something). Not that Edmonton rewards me for this reluctant alliance.
Draper joked that now that Bertuzzi is a Wing, he'll "get a lifetime supply of Cheli's chili, just like all the rest of us in here," a jovial dig at Chelios' penchant for promoting his restaurants. Chelios followed through, though, promising, "I'm getting Todd some coupons, T-shirts, hats, whatever he wants." Already the Wings are embracing a guy described by Naslund as a great teammate. "Ask anyone that's played with him," Naslund said. "He's well respected among his own teammates." It was respect for Chelios that prompted Bertuzzi to enter that restaurant last year and pay homage to a kindred player. "Cheli is that consummate warrior," Bertuzzi said. "He's that guy that when you think of the NHL, you think of him. You've got to pay the guy respect, man. We had some wars, and everything I would give, he would keep coming back for more."God, I'm gonna gag on this Cheli Chilli Crap sooner or later. ____________________ *photo by Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press
#1. The Crazy Canucks Episode #22. We talk for over an hour and somehow manage to change the face of hockey forever. (Or maybe not, but it's fun.) #2. Game tonight, Canucks vs Coyotes. If the Canucks lose, I wouldn't be surprised. If this game is exciting, I definitely would be. #3. Oilers Gestapo Hold Fans Hostage. Or something... Courtesy Battle of Alberta, the full story is here. #4. Unsuspecting Canucks fan opens the Detroit News today and...
"OH MY GOD! MY EYES!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!"
For the month of February, it turns out that Ducks GM Brian Burke was keeping a diary of his trade negotiations and discussions with other general managers around the league. The diary has now been printed in USA Today and it makes for fascinating reading (if you're into this kind of thing, as I am). Here are a couple samples -- and February 14th has a notable comment for Vancouver fans, by the way:
Tuesday, Feb. 13 Feaster tells me he is interested only in hockey deals, not rentals. I have a long talk with St. Louis Blues President John Davidson about Keith Tkachuk. They want Bobby Ryan in a package. Wednesday, Feb. 14 Officially turn down the Blues. Vancouver GM Dave Nonis, my former assistant, tells me he is going to re-sign Salo. New York Rangers GM Glen Sather tells me he's not a seller, at least not yet. Sunday, Feb. 25 Tkachuk is finally traded to Atlanta for Glen Metropolit and first-, second- and third-round picks, plus another first-rounder if the Thrashers re-sign him. Davidson and GM Larry Pleau hit it out of the park on that one. We decide to trade O'Brien to Tampa Bay. We need the first-round pick to get into the card game. We felt comfortable making the deal because of the way Kent Huskins had played when he was called up. Oilers GM Kevin Lowe thinks he could have trouble re-signing Ryan Smyth. Would I be interested? He said he would want a "Tkachuk style package." I say we can't do it. Craig Rivet is traded to San Jose by Montreal, and I call and whine to Gainey about not calling me back and telling me he was available. He tells me that I was late to that party, and he had been talking to Doug Wilson for three weeks. Fair enough.February 25th is particularly interesting because it appears that not only did Oilers' GM Kevin Lowe seem to anticipate salary negotiations may fall apart two days before the deadline, BUT Lowe was also shopping him to Western Conference teams. When Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland stated this week that he was never even contacted about Smyth being available for trade, the implication was that Lowe didn't get the best offer possible for his star player since he didn't open up the floor to the highest bidder. However many others have assumed that Lowe was simply not willing to let him go to a western team. But apparently that's not the case. Now if only we could read Kevin Lowe's February trade diaries -- I'm very curious about what the difference was for him, making Smyth available to some teams and not others. __________________________ *thanks to David at TIB for pointing me to this USA Today article
About Canucks and Beyond
Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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