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from Puck The Media,
PTM: ...are you kind of glad that ESPN doesn’t cover hockey anymore?
JE: Well, I think that all you need to know is - for those who wish that hockey was back on ESPN - last Saturday, which was probably the single most amazing night of the NHL season. Just in terms of teams switching places, dramatic things happening, crazy games, that kind of thing.
We went from Toronto to Philadelphia, we were in (Bruins radio play-by-play man) Dave Goucher’s room, having a couple cold ones. Now, the Sweet 16 is going on in college basketball at the same time, the only hockey we saw in the entire sportscast of “SportsCenter” was about 45 seconds of the UNH-North Dakota game, which was the one UNH tied with one-tenth of a second to go, that went into Overtime. That was 56 minutes into the telecast. There was nothing on the NHL in the entire show.
So, for those of you that hope that hockey gets back on ESPN, that’s what you’re gonna’ get. That’s where it belongs in ESPN’s hierarchy, because there are some bozos sitting in the accounting department in a bunker in Burbank, California running Disney, who look at the numbers and completely ignore the passion of hockey fans.
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, Montreal Canadiens play-by-play man Pierre Houde Thursday at 7:30pm ET.
from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Got blasted by Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner on Saturday night for having an “agenda” to get fighting out of hockey.
Guilty. If they put that on my tombstone, I’ll be okay with that.
Don’t get me wrong. Grapes may not like me, but I like him fine. Have suggested several times he belongs in the broadcaster’s wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, so I think I’m on the record as having respect for his accomplishments as a broadcaster. As a junior coach, not so much.
All I can say is I haven’t made a dime off pushing the notion that fighting has no place in hockey.
more, including a youtube of Coach’s Corner and additional hockey topics discussed, one which is the Brian Burke parody Twitter.
As Tony pointed out, Malkin will not be suspended for his hit on Simmonds, but Don Cherry had some thoughts on the hit after the first game of the HNIIC doubleheader tonight.
The words of Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight.
From Craig Custance at the Sporting News:
By moving the game to the NHL Network, in an attempt to give it more exposure, the league shut out a large number of Center Ice subscribers. Up until last week, I had DirecTV, which includes the NHL Network as part of its digital package. I learned, apparently along with a lot of fans, that Comcast doesn’t include the NHL Network in its basic digital package - even if you ponied up the bucks for Center Ice. Now, I need to get the NHL Network anyways, so I didn’t mind calling Comcast and bumping up a package for another $8 a month. But by the time we got it ironed out, it was 2-0 New Jersey.
Like a lot of hockey fans, I was part angry, part confused. So this morning, I called the league for an explanation.
It was explained to me that putting the game on NHL Network made the game like any other nationally televised hockey game, which means it wasn’t available on Center Ice. Usually that’s not an issue, because you can just turn on NBC or Versus and watch it. But for those of us who didn’t get NHL Network, it became an issue. But the league assured me that it wasn’t some underhanded tactic to get people to pay more money for extra cable coverage. In fact, it’s the opposite.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There already seems to be growing controversy about the GMs’ recommendation this past week regarding a 10-minute misconduct for “staged fights.” The NHL Players’ Association considers this a “new rule” recommendation and thus needs approval from the competition committee when it meets again in June. However, we were told Saturday the league believes the “staged fights” proposal is “an existing rule” that simply needs new interpretation and enforcement, and therefore doesn’t need competition committee approval or, for that matter, the board of governors’ approval.
That is not how the NHLPA views this, and from the e-mails that were flying our way Saturday from both sides, this could get ugly.
continued (basically a recap of the Hot Stove during HNIC) plus a few more hockey notes…
If you missed Coach’s Corner last night, watch it below…
from Neil Best of Newsday,
...Beyond that, he is a bundle of energy and a born schmoozer.
The former is important for a guy who is away from his Montreal home 240 nights a year for various gigs, including ones with TSN in Canada and NBC here.
The latter was evident whether he was strolling out for the second period with John Tortorella, bumping forearms with the Bruins’ Mark Recchi before the third, or chatting up members of the support staff, some in position to make his job easier or more difficult in the Garden’s cramped quarters.
“He’s the Mayor,” Flood said of McGuire’s natural political skills.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Don Cherry isn’t mad as hell and he is going to take it—all the shots, the criticism, the calls for his head, no matter how much the controversies swirl around him.
He claims he is not pulling a Peter Finch every Saturday night, that he isn’t going crazy on the public broadcaster, isn’t losing it in any way. “I’m saying the same things I was before,” Cherry said in a lengthy interview. “But the criticism is worse now. It has really picked up. I don’t know why.
“I admit, I’ve been taken aback by all of it, the calls for me to get fired. Last week was the topper. I got ripped everywhere. I got ripped in four Toronto papers. The owner of the Washington Capitals wrote about me online. A couple of my friends in Florida saw it in the papers there. I’m front and centre. I guess I’m an easy target.”
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Issue No. 1: You see the game only from the perspective of your team. As a result, you know your team better than anyone else does. You watch your guy fore check, and not the opposition’s defenseman quarterbacking the breakout. You are watching from the perspective of how your guy angles on the forecheck, how often he anticipates correctly, how hard he is on the puck and a host of other details that national broadcasters and media don’t know because they don’t watch your team the way you watch your team….
Issue No. 2: You have a hard time formulating an argument for opposing players because you don’t watch them much, and when you do watch them against your favorite team, you still watch them from your team’s perspective. One of my old “NHL 2Night” lines was that after Barry Melrose would accuse me of having a favorite NHL team, I would say, “Barry, I love all 30 teams equally.”
read on to get the whole picture…
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