by Patrick Hoffman on 03/03/12 at 05:00 PM ET
As we all already know, I am a huge fan of Sirius/XM NHL Home Ice channel. I love the content, the hosts, the banter, the interviews, the programs and everything and anything else that has to do with NHL Home Ice.
As you are also well aware of, I have done many e-mail interviews with the hosts of NHL Home Ice. Today, I am proud to bring back Terry Mercury, who has been kind enough to do many of these with me over the past few seasons.
Terry was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give his thoughts on the recent NHL trade deadline while also giving us his thoughts on the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and what is going on at NHL Home Ice.
PH: With the trade deadline having come and gone, which team (s) do you think improved the most? Why?
TM: The Nashville Predators are a team that no one is going to want to play in the post season. Adding Hal Gill….Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad gives them depth…experience…and more of the physical presence needed to win in the post-season. Add solid coaching from Barry Trotz and company…and the experience of playoff success last season…and this is a team that will give anyone a rough ride in the playoffs.
PH: Were you surprised that Columbus Blue Jackets’ franchise player Rick Nash was not moved at the deadline? Why or why not?
TM: I’m not surprised that Rick Nash wasn’t moved. In the salary cap era it’s so hard to make an average trade…but to move a big salary like Nash is almost impossible in-season. Factor in that you have to hope he fits into the dressing room…and if you’re already winning…like the New York Rangers….that’s a genuine concern so it’s no big surprise that teams will wait until the summer to work a deal for Nash. And he WILL be traded.
PH: Do you think that the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to end up paying the price for not getting in on netminder Ben Bishop and instead allowing him to go to their rival in the Ottawa Senators? Why or why not?
TM: Considering what’s happened this evening (Friday)...it appears FORMER Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson is the guy who’s paid the price.
PH: What do you think needs to be done to the Montreal Canadiens’ organization going forward? Clearly, what the club has done this season certainly is not working?
TM: Start from the top…not the dressing room. It’s not just about changing G-M’s. Pierre Gauthier should be replaced…but just as important…the team management needs to start making the fans and media…especially the Francophone media….understand that the days of the Canadiens being “French Canada’s” team are gone. They have to start getting the best people in place to improve the team…whether or not they speak French. The focus has to be on making the team better….no matter what it takes.
PH: Tell us about how things are going at NHL Home Ice.
TM: We here at NHL Home Ice are simply doing what we do best…keeping our listeners on top of what’s happening around the hockey world. It’s getting intense as the playoff races hit the homestretch…and it won’t decrease once the playoffs start…and there’s nothing we like more!
PH: Anything else you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers/NHL Home Ice listeners?
TM: Keep it on NHL Home Ice…whether it’s XM 92…Sirius 207…Facebook or Twitter. We’ll keep you informed.
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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.
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