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HNIC And The Leafs

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Obviously, the column on Hockey Night in Canada and its slavish devotion to the Toronto Maple Leafs had struck a nerve. And while at least half the letters were from fans of the Canadiens, there were substantial responses from another Canadian NHL cities, especially Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver.

The verdict? People outside Toronto are mad as hell. They have no choice but to go on taking it from Rogers, Sportsnet, Hockey Night in Canada and (to a lesser extent) TSN — but they aren’t happy about it.

Hockey Night in Canada, it’s clear, has become one of the things that divide us.

Of the letters I received, 95 per cent were positive. Without exception, the negative letters came from Leaf fans, divided equally between attempts at an articulate defence of the HNIC approach and the inevitable “your a idiot” letters from charter members of Ford Nation.

The conclusion? Fans across the country are very angry with HNIC and they have three main complaints:

First, viewers across the country hate the Maple Leafs 24/7 approach in which the Leafs can do no wrong, even when (see Auston Matthews) they pretty clearly have done wrong. It’s not only Montreal — if anything, fans in Edmonton and Vancouver seem even more disenchanted with HNIC.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

During Coach’s Corner, Ron & Don spoke about how Mike Smith is a key reason to the early success of the Edmonton Oilers. They also spoke touched on Bo Horvat’s parents and how his father remembered hearing his son’s name for the first time on the show.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include- Well-dressed men, bank passes by the Canadiens tonight, player of the night gettin awarded post-game, are the Leafs tough enough and Tavares is a target.

Very cruel to bench Jason Spezza on opening night plus Edmonton needed a player like Mike Smith.

And a mention of attitudes in MLB compared to hockey players.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,


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The Changes At Sportsnet

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Bob Cole, Bob McCown, Nick Kypreos, John Shannon and more.

There’s an impressive list of sports broadcasters who are not broadcasting sports at the moment after massive changes at Sportsnet, which has reached the halfway point of a 12-year, $5.2-billion deal for national rights to the NHL.

Asked recently about the moves — with the hockey and radio ratings seasons now underway — new Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley made no apologies.

“You know, I’d rather focus on the future,” said Yabsley, the successor to Scott Moore, who stepped down a year ago. “Those guys are quality people, good broadcasters and true pros. That’s about all I want to say about those guys.”


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NHL Hockey Returns To NBCSN Wednesday Night

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 1, 2019 – NBC Sports NHL commentators Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), Mike Milbury (analyst), and Patrick Sharp (analyst), as well as executive producer Sam Flood, previewed the upcoming 2019-20 NHL regular season on a media conference call yesterday, Sept. 30.

NBC Sports drops the puck on the 2019-20 NHL season tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly and the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues host Alex Ovechkin and the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals on NBCSN’s NHL Face-Off. Coverage continues at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights take on Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks in Las Vegas.

Pre-game coverage starts with a special 90-minute edition of NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Kathryn Tappen alongside Keith Jones, Patrick Sharp and Bob McKenzie.

Following are excerpts from Monday’s media conference call. Click here for the full transcript.

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Afternoon Line- Chris Cuthbert

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The NBC Sports Hockey Crew

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 25, 2019 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2019-20 NHL season will feature nearly 30 game and studio commentators this season, highlighted by seven-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who returns for his 15th season as NBC Sports’ lead NHL play-by-play commentator.

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John Buccigross On The Next NHL TV Contract

from Libby Sweeney of CLNS Media

With the current US TV rights contract between the NHL and NBC ending in 2021-2022, formal discussions and negotiations can begin next year around who the NHL will work with next. Buccigross pointed out there are more possibilities than one might think.

“It’s hard to say,” Buccigross said about where TV rights will go. “So anybody out there, whether you’re a TV network like ESPN or FOX, or [even] Apple or Google or Amazon; if they want to get in the game—I mean, let’s face it, those guys could buy the rights for every sport. So you just don’t know.”

The league could also look to do a deal with multiple networks, like the NFL, MLB, and NBA. WHatever route the league chooses, Buccigross “certainly hope[s] ESPN gets a piece.

“The world is changing fast with streaming. Now, when you’re the NHL, you want to balance maximizing money, but you also still want distribution. The [league] will need to be convinced there’ll be similar distribution,” Buccigross said.


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A New Position For Caley Chelios With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today they have officially added Caley Chelios as a member of their radio broadcast team, promoting her to the position of radio analyst & digital reporter. She will serve as color analyst for all Lightning road games and will also fill in for team founder Phil Esposito when he is unavailable for home broadcasts.

Chelios’ radio broadcast responsibilities will be her primary focus, working alongside 18-year veteran Dave Mishkin. She will continue to contribute to Lightning content initiatives including serving as a reporter/host for TampaBayLightning.com and LightningVision.  Chelios joined the Lightning in 2016 as the team’s hockey reporter.  She has since grown the role exponentially, being featured on national hockey shows, including becoming a fixture on NHL Network, providing analysis regarding the Bolts across North America.

After unofficially starting her analyst role during live web streams of Lightning Development Camp 3-on-3 Tournament games, Chelios began making appearances with Mishkin on radio during the 2018 preseason and continued for select regular season games during that regular season.

Chelios majored in communications at Northwestern University and earned a Master’s degree in journalism while also playing on the women’s lacrosse team.  She won the NCAA National Championship with the Wildcats in 2012.

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Afternoon Line- Mickey Redmond

“It’s been an incredible ride, unbelievable. I never could have imagined it would happen this way, it’s the greatest game in the world. I love being around the kids. Every time they drop the puck it’s a different script. For me it’s as good as it gets. I couldn’t feel more blessed to be doing what I do.”

-Mickey Redmond, former NHL player and current color analyst for the Detroit Red Wings.  Ansar Khan of Mlive has more from Redmond who will be roasted Saturday to benefit the Jamie Daniels Foundation.

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