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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),
Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove panel on Saturday, composed of journalists for the first time this season, was provocative and entertaining — something it hasn’t been when retired players Scott Mellanby, Sean Burke and P.J. Stock made up the panel.
Al Strachan, who made his first appearance since 2005, when he was bounced from the show (some NHL club officials had complained to the CBC about the quality of his information), reported that TSN hockey analyst Glenn Healy is rumoured to be the leading candidate to replace Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson.
It seemed like a trip into fantasyland, but was it? Sources say the Maple Leafs wanted to hire Healy about a year ago as Ferguson’s assistant.
more hockey media talk…
from Cam Hutchinson at the Montreal Gazette,
Three observations after my first month with the NHL Centre Ice cable-TV package:
1. Broadcasters in U.S. cities are much more entertaining and excitable than those on Canadian networks;
2. Colour commentators for the U.S.-based teams are usually shameless homers;
3. Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret could make a preseason game between Phoenix and Columbus feel like the seventh game of the Stanley Cup.
1. I tend to go the other route, I just want the game described and please cut out all the interviews I have been witnessing while the game is being played. Save those for the breaks…
2. Most color commentators, not all…
How is this lineup for the Hockey Hot Stove- Al Strachan, Eric Duhatschek and Scott Morrison, all in studio.
Strachan says some talk going around the GM circle is Glenn Healy has being mentioned as the next GM of the Leafs.
Scott Morrison says the talk of Ray Emery going to the Kings in a trade isn’t true.
Strachan mentioned the Canucks would claim Richard Matvichuk if the Devils tried to bring him back up. Devils may just let him sit and hope the Canucks try to make a deal with them.
added 10:43pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the the Globe and Mail,
It was fun being back on CBC’s Satellite Hot Stove Saturday - or the Hot Stove as they call it now, if only for the chance to work with Al Strachan again, after about a three-year absence. In the days when it was usually Strach, JD (John Davidson) and myself as the panelists, Strach always enjoyed wearing the black hat. He was at it again Saturday, suggesting there was gossip at the GMs level that John Ferguson might lose his job with the Toronto Maple Leafs by the end of the year and be replaced by TSN analyst Glenn Healy.
more plus an outdoor All Star game?
22 teams in action today, starting with a great game between Montreal and Ottawa.
Chek the NHL.com schedule for all TV broadcast information.
From Dave Waddell at the Windsor Star,
Essex native Ralph Mellanby, the 73-year-old former executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada for two decades, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is responsible for many of the league’s problems.
“Bettman to me is the real problem for hockey,” said Mellanby, who will be signing his book Walking with Legends Saturday at 2 p.m. in Chapters at the Devonshire Mall and at the Essex Legion at 3:30 p.m.
“He’s done so much damage to hockey it may never recover. We don’t have time to go through the litany of errors.”
Mellanby cites the usual laundry list of being in bad hockey markets, ignoring European opportunities, slowness to improve a deteriorating product, turbulent labour relations, the ignoring of Canadian markets, the reluctance to embrace change and some controversial TV deals and asks why Bettman is still employed.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The product that MacLean knocks was in full view on Saturday. Seen in most markets, the Toronto Maple Leafs-Montreal Canadiens game, in which five goals were scored, was fast-paced, never dull and produced plenty of scoring chances.
Before the crackdown started in 2005-06, MacLean predicted the players would never adjust. Well, despite the officials continuing to call the game closely — too closely, many would say — restraining fouls are down 21 per cent from last year.
Even if MacLean isn’t getting it, the players seem to be.
Just a reminder NBC, the NHL season has started!!!
*thanks to a KK member for pointing this out in the KK Forum
added 8:42pm, I emailed NBC earlier asking them about the site, and received no response. I have heard they may be going another route with the site, but without an answer, it is a question that remains unanswered.
from Stan Fischler at MSG Network, (Paul) Kelly wants to canvass his constituency to get an overall feel for the membership’s thinking. One thing he emphasized to us is his desire to see more widespread TV coverage in the U.S.
He didn’t mention ESPN by name, but rather by implication that a renewed marriage between the biggest sports network and Bettman, Inc. would be highly desirable. It’s tough to argue that point!
more from The Maven…
From the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks and Comcast SportsNet have announced that Comcast SportsNet will televise their first home game of the season on Sunday, November 11 when the Blackhawks play host to the archrival Detroit Red Wings at 6:00 p.m.
The November 11 game will be the first in a series of home games to be broadcast live and in high-definition on Comcast SportsNet. The full schedule will be released next week with additional home games airing throughout the remainder of the 2007-2008 season.
“It’s time to share the energy and excitement of the Blackhawks with all of our fans,” said Blackhawks Chairman W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz. “We are entering a new era and putting home games back on TV is the first step to supporting our great players and fans.”
*Previously mentioned last week, but only confirmed by the ‘Hawks today
I have received a few emails lately asking me how to get Center Ice back on to WOW (Wide Open West).
The emails have come from people in the Detroit area who are very upset they don’t even have the option to subscribe to CI. Are there any WOW customers getting CI? If so, where are you located.
My only suggestion is to keep hammering your local WOW office and demand CI. I do wish I could be of more service, but your provider is the one that needs to hear it from you.
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