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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
On Wednesday night, Mike Milbury charged into the raging goaltending controversy in Toronto by stating that the Maple Leafs’ decision to start Andrew Raycroft in the opener instead of Vesa Toskala was “absolutely crazy.”
The move “plants seeds of doubt,” he said, in the Toskala, whom the Leafs paid a heavy price to acquire, presumably to be the starting goalie….
But, there was no disputing the quality of his work as a studio analyst on TSN game telecasts. He was excellent. He has a strong presence, is confidently opinionated and brings plenty of colour to his commentary.
Sharkspage points out the NHL/Versus video promos our out on youtube,
The clips of Mark Recchi’s retirement, Briere’s wrist shot, Ray Emery’s pugilist mentality, and Eric Staal taking the ice are the best of the bunch. Game on.
If you can catch ESPN Classic today, you have some great games to watch.
All times are ET.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Look, I love The Hockey News and not just because I tend to agree with their thinking and they tend to agree (within reason) with my preseason picks.
But if there’s one area we tend to differ regarding the upcoming season, it’s who will be the first coach fired.
The consensus in the latest edition of “The Bible,” is that the first coach whacked will be Tampa Bay’s John Tortorella. The magazine came to that conclusion by polling their 30 correspondents, six “colleagues” from the Globe and Mail and some senior staff members….
Add it all up and I’d argue that Tortorella has a better shot at keeping his job longer than Atlanta’s Bob Hartley, Washington’s Glen Hanlon, Montreal’s Guy Carbonneau, Edmonton’s Craig MacTavish, Dallas’ Dave Tippett or even Phoenix’s Wayne Gretzky.
read on plus more hockey talk…
The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced it has renewed deals with U.S. cable and satellite distributors DirecTV, DISH Network®, and iN DEMAND Networks to distribute NHL Center Ice, the League’s out-of-market subscription package. iN DEMAND Networks, which is owned by Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner, makes NHL Center Ice available to its cable affiliates throughout the United States.
Throughout the regular season, NHL Center Ice provides fans the opportunity to watch up to 1,000 NHL live games, many of which will be offered in High-Definition. Select games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs (all games subject to local blackout) also will be available.
Some predictions from me at my NHL.com blog today.
Feel free to come up with your own topics too!
Host Ron MacLean will be welcoming viewers to Hockey Night in Canada for at least the next seven seasons after agreeing to a new contract Monday.
The new deal will run through the 2013-14 campaign, which coincides with the television deal struck by the CBC and National Hockey League in March.
“For millions of Canadians, Ron is the face of CBC Sports, and we are absolutely thrilled to continue our partnership with him for the long term,” Scott Moore, the executive director of CBC Sports, said in a statement.
According to the reports on Versus during the Ducks/Kings game yesterday, the NHL Network should begin popping up on carriers in the USA today.
Feel free to comment here and we also have a thread in the KK Forum regarding this too.
added 10:36am, via Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
Sources with the three biggest cable operators, Comcast, Time Warner and Cox, as well as satellite operator DirecTV say they are still negotiating to carry the network, and expect to complete a deal soon. EchoStar wasn’t available for comment, though it appears likely that Dish Network is close to a deal, as well, since its customer service representatives were selling the NHL Center Ice package last week.
Putting the NHL Network on a sports tier would follow a similar strategy to NBA TV, which accepted digital sports tier carriage several years ago. The NBA recently has been expressing disappointment about the lack of cable subscribers that get sports tiers. NBA TV is in less than 10 million homes.
To combat these poor penetration rates, NHL Network plans to make much of its programming available on demand, including some live programming and archived content. That would give all digital cable subscribers access to NHL Network content.
update 1:14pm, Thanks to SBJ, you can now read the full article...
from Hockey Adventure,
The way the entertainment media interacts with NHLers is quite unlike traditional sports coverage.
For instance, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the comedian-host joshed Wayne Gretzky about whether he’s known as “The Great One” around the house with his wife Janet. Also, at this year’s ESPY Awards, Kimmel quipped at Gretzky about David Beckham’s potential impact on soccer in the USA: “Maybe he can do what you did for hockey, and in 15 years no one will be watching soccer, either.”
Would Canada’s ultimate hockey god ever receive such irreverent treatment when interviewed on Hockey Night in Canada or in The Globe & Mail? Historically, no.
from the Toronto Star,
According to sources, the Buffalo Sabres will announce today that analyst Harry Neale is leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs’ regional broadcasts to join them.
Neale’s spot on the Leafs’ regional broadcasts, seen on Rogers Sportsnet, TSN and Leafs TV, will be taken by Greg Millen….
Though the 70-year-old analyst will continue to work for Hockey Night In Canada, he won’t be calling as many Toronto games as he has in the past.
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