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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
TSN was the clear winner over Sportsnet in the annual battle for best telecast on the NHL’s trade-deadline day. But it was not simply a case of having the funniest and most insightful broadcasters.
TSN’s presentation on a deadly dull day as far as the trades went, with the biggest ones made in advance of Monday afternoon’s deadline, was a clear artistic success. The network did make the biggest mistake of the day in allowing a moronic, vulgar tweet about a couple of Toronto Maple Leafs players to flash across the screen but its panelists were funny, frank and irreverent with former Leafs head coach Ron Wilson leading the way. More on him later but Wilson has either just signed a long contract with TSN or has his retirement income set because his comments on tanking to get the Connor McDavid draft pick ensure it will be a long time before he is hired to coach in the NHL again.
Sportsnet, on the other hand, played it straight. There were some light moments and some decent insights, such as former Pittsburgh Penguin Colby Armstrong talking about how he learned from his mother that he was traded off Sidney Crosby’s line to the sad-sack Atlanta Thrashers in 2008 and how emotional it was to watch from the stands as they played the Stanley Cup final. But for the most part it was the standard stuff from their panels as they waited for the blockbuster deals that never came.
However, this was not the fault of the Sportsnet broadcasters and producers. Their hands were tied once their corporate masters handed over $5.2-billion for a 12-year contract to become the Canadian national broadcast “partner” of the NHL. Being a partner of the NHL means never offending the league and never poking serious fun at it.
The segment started with Cherry pointing out teams are laughing at the Leafs.
Then the problem with nets tipping over.
The main topic discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean was star players getting injured and nobody riding shotgun for them.
Of course there were other topics too, watch the segment.
The main topic of the segment tonight was super stars and fighting. Cherry used Crosby as an example and then showed numerous clips of stars fighting. Cherry says the stars should not be fighting.
Also a nice tribute to Steve Montador and Cherry urges the Toronto fans to keep the faith. Cherry also mentioned the play of Tyler Myers and claims he will soon be a star in the NHL.
Danny Gallivan was not the first hockey broadcaster. That honour belongs to Foster Hewitt. But like Hewitt, Gallivan had paved his own path and legacy as the voice of the Montreal Canadiens in an era that spanned 16 Stanley Cups.
Well power restored at the KK home but pretty darn cold right now in the home office.
The main topic in my opinion of Coach's Corner tonight was Don Cherry saying maybe Milan Lucic is getting a raw deal on some of the penalty calls against him.
from Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star,
One day, he woke up alone. His wife was gone and his three children — Alexa, 16, Hayden, 14, and Farrah, 10 — were with her (they have shared custody).
On the outside, it looked like a perfect life. A home in Phoenix. A family. But when the marriage ended, there was a house to sell, assets to split. A new place to live.
He was losing hope. But suddenly something clicked in him, and he thought that if he changed his thinking, something good would happen.
He tried it. Days went by and, he thought, this isn’t working. But he kept at it. Positive thoughts.
Little blessings were there, but he discounted them.
“We’re always looking for the big things,” he said. “There are a ton of good things that happen. We’re healthy and (in his case) I got to watch my daughter dance.”
Through Twitter, he found a great supporter in Stacy Lymber, who is a transition and lifestyle strategist who works mostly with ex-hockey players.
“He’s inspiring,” she said on the phone from Buffalo, N.Y., “but the sadder part about it is there are thousands out there more like him, not just hockey players. They’re lost, basically.”
Canadians will be in the perfect position to honour one of their favourite Valentines this Saturday, Feb. 14, as the country’s annual hockey tradition, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, descends on Halifax, NS to celebrate the nation’s beloved game. Coverage begins at Noon ET/9 a.m. PT and continues all day and night long with live game action on CBC, City, Sportsnet, and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.
The 13.5-hour broadcast will be headlined by an NHL tripleheader, featuring five national game broadcasts with all seven Canadian NHL teams in action. George Stroumboulopoulos will be front-and-centre hosting from the Hockey Central studio in Toronto, while Ron MacLean will be on-location at the Outdoor Oval in Halifax. Kelly Hrudey, Elliotte Friedman and Nick Kypreos join Stroumboulopoulos in Toronto, with Don Cherry, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Jennifer Botterill, and NHL alumni including Wendel Clark, Lanny McDonald and Guy Carbonneau joining MacLean in Halifax.
US viewers can watch most of Hockey Day in Canada on the NHL Network US starting at 12:00pm ET on Saturday.
via Hometown Hockey,
The best part of Coach's Corner tonight was Don Cherry talking about Evander Kane which is at the end of the segment and includes this from Cherry...
“You are the fork in the road right now. You are a jerk right now and don’t think you can fool me with the operation. The operation is they didn’t want you around.”
Other topics but not all- the terrible first period of the Edmonton/Toronto game and the fourth line of the New York Islanders.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
The World Cup of Hockey could be the kind of best-on-best tourney that fans eat up. Speaking of leverage, it also gives the NHL an alternative and way of wresting away control from the Olympics. Hockey is considered one of the jewels of the Games, but it disrupts the regular season, and most importantly, at least from the NHL’s point of view, it does not add to its bottom line. That’s basically what Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner, said on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central @ Noon on Thursday.
“I do think that the success that we are going to have with the World Cup does bear on the equation of future Olympic participation, it has too,” said Daly. “Because I think the tournament that we’re designing jointly with the Player’s Association is going to be fantastic and in my opinion, the best hockey tournament with the highest level of hockey talent that’s ever existed in the world.”
“There are exciting opportunities to promote the sports around that tournament, and obviously there are some financial rewards, that will come out of that tournament, and some of those things are not available through the Olympic vehicle,” he added....
Even without official confirmation, most sportsmediaoutlets in the U.S. welcomed the reports of ESPN’s potential return to professional hockey. For all the criticism it receives, there is no doubt having the U.S. behemoth have some stake in hockey is good for the sport south of the border.
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