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A Season Wrap-Up with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

Now that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over, I figured now would be a great time to conduct an e-mail interview with aone of my favorite interviewees, Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice.

Terry was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final, the season in general and what the league is doing to try and improve the game.

PH: So, did the Stanley Cup Playoffs turn out as you expected them to? Why or why not?
TM: Well…I picked the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup at the start of the season in the XM Staff pre-season poll. I wasn’t sure about them against Vancouver because of their horrible power play..but they pulled it out so all’s well that end’s well. Although I have to say this was one of the weirdest Cup Finals I’ve ever seen. Vancouver could just have easily won this as Boston.

PH: In your opinion, did the Bruins “win the cup” or did the Canucks “lose the cup”? Why?
TM: I think both. The Bruins took advantage of a Vancouver team that went south at the wrong time.

PH: In your opinion, how do you think the loss will impact, if at all, Canucks’ netminder Roberto Luongo?
TM: I can’t believe the whipping Luongo is taking in the media. Personally…I look at the Sedins..Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows as every bit as disappointing as Luongo was…and in the case of the Sedins….more.

PH: Overall, what are your thoughts on this year’s hockey season as a whole?
TM: I loved the parity. I love the idea of multiple teams being genuinely in the hunt for the Cup. Keeping as many teams in the running..and keeping interest in as many cities as possible is a sound strategy.

PH: How do you think the league can improve heading into next season?
TM: I already like the fact that head hits and boarding are being dealt with. The more stars you lose to injuries, the worse the on-ice product. I also like the fact that Canada has another team. Winnipeg will simply be a better market for hockey than Atlanta.

PH: Anything else you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
TM: Slowly but surely the League is starting to realize that it has to walk before it can run in the U.S. markets. It can get a solid foothold in a lot of regional markets…and work towards serious national exposure after that. If it stays on this path…hockey will do just fine as it competes for the entertainment dollar across North America.

Patrick Hoffman’s Note:

Like I have said time and time again on this blog, XM NHL Home Ice is the best outlet on the satellite airwaves for hockey content. Just because the season is over does not mean that NHL Home Ice takes a break.

Things may slow down a bit but their content will continue to be the best hockey content out there 24/7. Jump over the boards today and go purchase an Sirius/XM satellite radio so you can listen to the best hockey content, talk, debates, and banter anywhere from the best hockey producers, hosts and staff on the airwaves.

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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.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

For questions, comments and hip checks, feel free to e-mail Patrick at patrickhoffman3530@gmail.com.