by Patrick Hoffman on 11/29/10 at 01:41 PM ET
If you’ve been reading my blog here, than you know that I am a big fan and supporter of XM NHL Home Ice. In my opinion, it is the best hockey outlet out there and has terrific shows, great hosts and provides great hockey content 24/7.
Recently, I was lucky enough to do an e-mail interview with Mike Ross, the host of Hockey This Morning. “Rossy” was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on all things NHL at the quarter point of the season.
PH: So, we’re about a quarter into the NHL season. What are some of your general early thoughts?
MR: I’ve enjoyed the hockey so far…watching the continued success of Stamkos and the emergence of some younger guys like Bobrovsky and Giroux in Philly along with Dubinsky in NY and Byfuglien in Atlanta. In the west, I am not shocked to see the Red Wings back on top of the west. Last year was a blip on the radar screen. I am also a fan of the Blue Jackets and their youth movement. And, oh yeah, I LOVE their new third jersey.
PH: Which teams/players have surprised you the most in a good way? Why?
MR: Carey Price has blown me away. I thought it was a pretty foolish thing to tell Montreal fans to “relax” and “chill out” back in the pre-season in reaction to their booing. But he was right….his game is fine to this point and the Habs are seeing results.
PH: Which teams/players have been disappointments? Why?
MR: The Calgary Flames are disappointing me. With a goalie like Kipper, the fact that they have been unable to build around him (aside from Iginla) is disappointing. His situation reminds me a little of King Henrik in Manhattan.
PH: How surprised are you regarding the play of the New Jersey Devils? Do they have what it takes to get into the playoffs or is this potentially a lost season?
MR: I am shocked that this team can’t seem to get it going. I keep hoping, for Devils fans’ sake, that this is but a bump in the road, but let’s face it…the Kovalchuk deal remains an albatross unless he delivers a Cup. Throw in injuries to Brodeur as well as a battered blue line and this season is a lost one.
PH: Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share with readers here at Kukla’s Korner?
MR: Well, having just celebrated our 5th anniversary here at NHL Home Ice, I just want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years. We took an idea and grew it into something we’re very proud of. I’ve been in radio for nearly 2 decades and never in my life have I worked on a channel that has resonated so much with it’s audience. It’s truly an honor and a privilege to talk hockey with the most knowledgeable fans in the game.
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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.
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