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NHL Thoughts and Musings with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

Just because it is the off-season does not mean there is no hockey to talk about.

This is why NHL Home Ice is one of the best hockey outlets out there. The Sirius/XM channel continues to bring the latest news, notes, interviews with people in the hockey world and much more.

One of NHL Home Ice’s great hosts, Terry Mercury, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on what has gone on this off-season, his thoughts on the Wild, the Rick Nash situation and much more.

PH: What are your general thoughts regarding what has happened so far this off-season whether it has been a trade, signing, draft pick, etc.?
TM: The rich are getting richer…as they’re the only ones who can offer these incredible multi-year, hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars deals. I’m curious to see if this will be one of the major sticking points in the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks. I mean…it’s even affecting the kinds of offer sheets Restricted Free Agents are getting.

PH: How much of an impact do you think Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will have on the Minnesota Wild? Do these two signings automatically make the Wild a playoff team or is there still a lot of work to be done to make that happen? Why?
TM: Not only do the Minnesota Wild become playoff contenders….they’re now on the map as a place future top-flight free agents will seriously consider signing with. Mind you…with those signings they now trail only the Boston Bruins as having the league’s highest payroll…so both Suter and Parise are really under the gun to produce.

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Need More Hockey? I have the Answer

If you are a hockey fan, than you are probably following your favorite sport in a number of different ways.

May be you are one that watches the games on television, listens to the game on the radio, purchases the NHL Center Ice package for your family’s television, buys the NHL GameCenter Live package for your computer, or follows everything by hopping online and checking out all the hockey blogs, hockey beat writers, and so on and so forth.

Believe it or not, folks, there is another way and it is three words: NHL Home Ice.

NHL Home Ice is Sirius/XM’s 24/7 hockey channel. NHL Home Ice has great hosts, great producers, terrific content and an awesome Boss in Joe Thistel.

This outlet is dedicated to hockey like no other. The hosts are not only some of the most knowledgeable hockey people out there, but they are also true fans of the game we all know and love.

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Talking Puck with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

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.

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Listen to Me Tonight on NHL Home Ice

I am not saying this as a direct order. Rather, I am giving you folks a heads up that I will be on NHL Home Ice tonight sometime after 10:00 p.m. talking Rangers’ hockey with Terry Mercury on Ice Cap.

I hope you will give it a listen!

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A Look Back at The RDO Camp with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

As we all know by now, last week, the NHL held its 2011 RDO camp in Toronto. At the camp, potential rule changes were discussed/demonstrated and members of the league’s brass all had opinions about it.

Stopping by here today to discuss what went on at the camp is Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice. Terry was lucky enough to be at the camp last week and was kind enough to share his thoughts on it:

PH: Going into the 2011 RDO camp, what were you most looking forward to seeing? Why?
TM: I really wanted to see and hear what hockey people thought about possible changes to overtime…in order to eventually do away with the shootout. 4-on-4 for 4 minutes…and then 3-on-3 for three minutes is a great idea…and it seemed to have a lot of support.

PH: Which potential rule changes that were experimented with do you think could be implemented into the NHL in the near future? Why?
TM: The shallower net and the green verification line could be incorporated very soon. In fact…I think both could be on-line by the 2012-2013 season.

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Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice Checks In on The NHL Offseason

Terry Mercury, one of the great hosts and staff members of NHL Home Ice, was kind enough to answer a few questions I had regarding the offseason, long-term contracts and of of course, free agency.

PH: So, what is your overall impression of the NHL offseason so far? Any surprises? Any disappointments?
TM: Total surprise at the Brad Richards frenzy. Everyone knew he was headed for the Rangers….but still rushed to present their offer. Strong player….but not nearly worth the kind of money he got.

PH: What do you make of all these long-term contracts that are being given out? Given injuries, players changing their minds and other factors, isn’t it risky for NHL general managers to give them out so willingly?
TM: So many of these deals are going to come back and bite the G-M’s who are handing them out. Tomas Kaberle worth 4+million a season? The same for Tomas Fleischmann? What are you G-M’s smoking?

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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.

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A Look at the Stanley Cup Final with Terry Mercury

With the Stanley Cup Final one day away, I figured now would be a good time to get the thoughts of NHL Home Ice host Terry Mercury.

Terry was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to “talk” about the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks and what they both need to do to give themselves a chance to win hockey’s holy grail.

PH: At the beginning of the season, did you see the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks as being in the Stanley Cup Finals? Why or why not?
TM: I definitely saw the Bruins in the Stanley Cup…in fact I picked them to win it all based on the trade for Nathan Horton…and assuming Marc Savard would stay healthy. I didn’t see the Canucks….as I thought this would be the year San Jose would break through.

PH: What do the Vancouver Canucks have to do in this series to be successful?
TM: Vancouver can’t get caught up in a physical contest with the Bruins. They have to be ready to battle…but once they get possession of the puck they have to let their speed and skill take over. They also have to get Tim Thomas moving back-and-forth in the net. He’s a less effective goalie when he has to do this. If they can get the Bruins chasing them…Boston will pick up penalties…and the Canucks power play will make them pay.

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A Look Back at Round 1 With Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

Terry Mercury of XM NHL Home Ice was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to go over the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with me.

PH: Overall, what did you think of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Any players or teams surprise/disappoint you? Why?
TM: The first round was every bit as competitive as I thought it would be. I’m one of the few people who wasn’t surprised that Chicago could come back against Vancouver…the Stanley Cup champs don’t usually go down without a fight. Like that Roberto Luongo came up big in Game 7. Not surprised that Boston finally took their series with Montreal. You go up 2-0 and then lose two in a row at home…you invite the opposition to get back into the series. Was pleasantly surprised by Buffalo…and felt totally bad for Phoenix. Imagine having to face Detroit in the first round…and also have to deal with people telling you you’re headed to Winnipeg when you get eliminated. It was unfair that the Coyotes couldn’t just focus on their battle with Detroit. Was pleasantly surprised by P.K. Subban and Lars Eller in Montreal….was shocked at how ineffective Milan Lucic was for Boston. San Jose looked really good against Los Angeles….but that being said…the Kings sure didn’t look like one of the up-and-coming young teams in the league.

PH: In your opinion, why do you think the Canucks struggled to beat the Blackhawks in the first round? How big of a first step for the Canucks was their series victory?
TM: See above for part A…the Hawks were the champs and they weren’t going down without a fight. The Canucks getting past Chicago was penultimate for their playoff success. Now they know they can weather just about any storm and come out ahead. That being said…they’re in for another battle against Nashville.

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Terry Mercury Talks Stanley Cup Playoffs

As always, it is my pleasure to bring to you an e-mail interview I conducted with a host on NHL Home Ice.

This morning, I bring to you Terry Mercury. Mercury is a great friend of the blog and has done many of these with me so it is great to bring him back once again.

This time around, Mercury and I “discussed” the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

PH: When you hear the words Stanley Cup Playoffs, what comes to your mind?
TM: Tradition. One of the few traditions that really unites Canadians across all lines….economic…..geographic….racial….religious. Want to find the Canadians in a bar in another country? Find anything about hockey on television and then check who starts watching. The Stanley Cup playoffs are our national glue.

PH: What separates the Stanley Cup Playoffs from sports’s championships?
TM: It’s been around the longest….and there are so many stories…and legends associated with it.

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Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice Talks Concussions, Cooke and NHL Playoff Races

Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice, the best sports channel on XM/Sirius, was kind enough to take time out of his busy hockey schedule to talk to us about concussions, Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Matt Cooke and of course, the NHL Playoff Races.

PH: How do you think the NHL will handle the concussion issue now that some rules have been put in place? Do you think they’ll work?
TM: Any rules designed to deal with concussions are a good idea. I know the league will follow those rules to the law…especially now that they’re dealing with a “Superstar” getting injured…instead of a third or fourth-liner…or a goon.

PH: What place do you think Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Matt Cooke has in the NHL? Do you think he will finally learn his lesson or will it fall upon deaf ears?
TM: I think he’s definitely learned his lesson…but what made it sink in what his meeting with Mario Lemieux. He knows that even his owner won’t back him if it happens again…so he knows he’s on the bubble.

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A Look at Tthe NHL Trade Deadline with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

With lots of trade action already consuming the entire National Hockey League, I figured now would be a good time to post an e-mail interview I did with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice.

Terry was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us his thoughts on which teams would be active, which teams would not be active as well as how NHL Home Ice will have coverage throughout the day for puckheads around the world.

PH: Before we get into trade deadline talk, give us your thoughts on the trade the Toronto Maple Leafs made involving Kris Versteeg? How do you think it has/will impact the Leafs going forward?
TM: The Kris Versteeg trade was a solid deal for both teams. Versteeg just didn’t seem to fit in with the Maple Leafs…and the draft picks the Leafs got from Philly were desperately needed. Versteeg will probably find his touch with the Flyers simply because he won’t be looked at a front-line guy…so a lot of the pressure will be off.

PH: Who are some of the teams you think will make a big move (s) at the deadline? Why?
TM: After this week a lot of the teams that I thought would be movers and shakers may have already made their moves long before Trade Deadline day. I still think Calgary is going to do something… and I think Pittsburgh and Vancouver both HAVE to do something. Look for Montreal and Los Angeles also to try and do something.

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A Season Preview with Terry Mercury of XM NHL Home Ice

Recently, I was lucky enough to do an e-mail interview with Terry Mercury of XM NHL Home Ice. Terry is a producer/co-host of “Ice Cap” while also doing some reporting and updates for the channel.

Terry took time out of his busy schedule to give us a bit of an NHL season preview. Do you agree with his thoughts?

PH: Which free agent signings do you like? Why?
TM: While the big signings…Kovalchuk….Ryan….Gonchar etc….deserve the attention they got…I’m intrigued by some of the signings that maybe didn’t get that much perusal.

I’m wondering if Colorado has the next emerging power forward in Chris Stewart. I thought this was a very good signing.

Does Dan Hamhuis give the Canucks enough talent on the blueline for them to remain a contender in the West? I like what he has to work with on this team….as compared to a sub-par offence in Nashville.

I also think Marty Turco is just as good a goalie…if not better…than Antii Niemi. I think the Hawks improved themselves between the pipes.

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