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Four games today, but only two televised. Still better than watching the Detroit Lions, even though they don’t play today!
from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,
If you’d never heard Hughson call Olympics hockey or any of his work on CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, ABC, ESPN, EA Sports NHL—if you just looked at all the stops he’s made along the way (including voice of the Leafs), you’d think, “This guy can’t hold a job.”
“You name the Canadian network and I’ve had paycheques from them,” Hughson, fresh off covering some White Rock trails on a morning run, said with a laugh when the question is put to him.
With a six-year contract from CBC in his pocket to be Ma Corp’s top hockey broadcaster, replacing
75-year-old Bob Cole, who’s being eased out, Hughson is looked upon by most as the best broadcaster in Canada. (Although Chris Cuthbert is no slouch, Hughson out-Geminis him 5-2.)
During the Hotstove on HNIC these topics were discussed: Pierre LeBrun reports the Blackhawks are looking at Sundin, but a lot of salary would have to be moved, either Martin Havlat or Nikolai Khabulin.
Mike Cammalleri is being shopped by Calgary according to Al Strachan.
Craig MacTavish is feeling the heat but will not be fired, too close to Kevin Lowe for that to happen.
From Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo!‘s Puck Daddy,
If you’ve never heard The NHL Hour with Gary Bettman, you can download the podcasts on NHL.com. What you’ll find is that Bettman is his usual well-informed self, digging his heels in on a myriad of issues and never giving an inch during a discussion. The man has a politician’s gift for staying on message, even if he’s never had a politician’s gift for charisma.
But you’ll also find the program is a Twilight Zone where harsh criticism of Bettman’s performance over the last 15 years doesn’t seem to exist. The callers are, to a fault, polite and complementary. If they guys behind Gary Bettman Sucks or Fire Bettman are calling in, they might be on lithium.
I wanted to draw your attention today to the KK Member Blog area, where HockeyinHD gives a side of the story we do not normally read about on this topic.
Also, for the folks who have been writing their own blog there, may I suggest updating your KK member profile. I know a few folks involved in the business who want to know a little bit more about you so updating your profile may be to your advantage.
...according to Al Strachan on the HNIC Hot Stove tonight, yes we will. Al said everyone within the NHL wants it except maybe Bettman, who hammered out the deal with Versus.
Milbury chimed in about NBC and said the NHL decides on their option year next season and they could be gone too.
But do remember, next season is an Olympic year, so who knows what will go on with NBC.
Earlier today, Forechecker pointed to an interview that Sharkspage posted with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. I wanted to reference the interview here on the main KK Hockey feed as well, just in case anyone missed the earlier post. It’s really a fascinating read for anyone interested in the issues of technology and media as it pertains to the NHL.
Leonsis provides a great deal of detail about how the league does—and will—utilize technology to support its business model. In his words:
“We lifted up [our business enterprise], put the internet underneath, and then slammed it back down so it is the powerplant the pretty much drives everything that we do.”
Read the rest here.
The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with Conor McKenna of TEAM 990 broadcasting live from Montreal. They’ll be joined by guests Michael Farber (Sports Illustrated), Brian Daccord (Stop It Goaltending) and Raphaël Doucet (Le Hockey Magazine).
Live from Wayne Gretzky’s
After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s. This week, hosts Gord Stellick & Troy Murray talk to Pat Burns, Wendel Clark, Phil Esposito, Pat Quinn, Russ Courtnall and Mike Van Ryn.
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