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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
If you’re a hockey fan in the good ol’ USA, life can be pretty frustrating. (You already knew that, didn’t you?)
The latest example of that frustration came Tuesday night. I was eager to see Ryan Smyth’s return to Edmonton. In particular, I wanted to see the crowd reaction when he skated onto the ice as a member of the visiting Avalanche and I wanted to see the Oilers’ video tribute to their former star.
I didn’t get to see any of that.
*and if you missed a previous KK post, you can see part of the Smyth ceremony here...
From CBC via Youtube. Features footage of Jonathan Toews big goal the other night, plus Don Cherry’s commentary—with associated video clips—on the instigator rule.
*Thanks to George for passing on the clip!
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
“It’s been used to getting a whole new crew,” Neale said. “Jeanneret has been easy to work with. But it’s like getting traded to a team. You have to get used to your new teammates.”
Neale was asked that after the Sabres 0-2 start, some of the Buffalo players and coaches kidded him that he brought some of the Leafs struggling ways with him.
“Actually, I missed one of the first-two games because of my duties with Hockey Night in Canada,” he said. “I was only 0-1 before I had a meeting with the team and straightened them out.
If you are an “old schooler” like me, you will really enjoy the following video clip.
Younger hockey fans should watch too, a quick glimpse at hockey’s past greats!
thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Najak says Hockey Night, which stayed with the same programming for more than 10 years, needed a change.
“And the thing is, change doesn’t come without some pain,” he said. “If we had come back with [the previous Hot Stove panel of sportswriters], we wouldn’t have had the energy. I’m not averse to taking risk, and the only way to get some gain is to be unafraid.”...
The objective, Najak said, is to separate the show from the standard hockey telecast — to be different yet entertaining.
“This show has to be representative of the people who watch it,” he said. “And a lot of Canadians don’t like being yelled at. I don’t want it to be like the regular sports show. I want to be big time on Saturday nights. That’s what we’re going for and that’s what we’re going to get to.”
We can celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day with a couple of early games today. Enjoy!
From the Edmonton Sun,
Don Cherry thinks Steve Downie got off easy.
The outspoken commentator said Downie should have been suspended 30 games for his preseason hit on Dean McAmmond during Saturday night’s segment of Coach’s Corner on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada.
Cherry called the hit by the Philadelphia Flyers forward on the Senators defenceman a “cheap shot” and added that players shouldn’t hit like that in the preseason.
Video of Cherry’s comments can be viewed on the CBC video player. There is no direct link, but just click on the “Hockey Night in Canada” link on the left, then the sub-menu will provide a link to the October 6th edition of Coach’s Corner.
note: unfortunately, U.S. viewers may not be able to access the video, unless you have a way of accessing the page using a Canadian proxy IP.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
It was pretty, but, at times, it was pretty boring, too.
We’re talking about Hockey Night In Canada’s Saturday night debut with its new look and programming changes. The new studio, consisting of leather chairs and a mahogany coffee table in front of a large screen, looks clubby. Visually, it was elegant and also a little staid.
When the conversation is also staid, that’s a problem. It’s a hockey telecast, after all, not Masterpiece Theatre.
While surfing a few websites tonight, Empty Netters mentioned you can watch the Pens/Canes via Yahoo streaming.
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