Kukla's Korner Hockey
Honestly, a year from now, I still see myself doing Hockey Night in Canada. It will be a little different; more explaining where you go to see what. The logistics might need refining. But my gut feeling is that it will just be Hockey Night In Canada as presented by Rogers. And I’m glad for that.
-Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada. More from MacLean at Macleans on a few more topics...
The panel discussed a few topics including Del Zotto trade talk and travel restrictions during the holidays.
from Steve Lepore at Awful Announcing,
Every year, hockey fans have complained about the network's weak aesthetic look, lack of substantial analysis, poor coverage of huge news stories (i.e. the entire NHL lockout) and overall dearth of original ideas. If I'm flipping around channels, I would probably rather click on NFL Network, MLB Network or NBA TV. And I'm someone who would rather watch bad hockey television than good anything else. This is a problem.
In the spirit of Festivus, I figured the end of the year might be an appropriate time to air some of the grievances that I and many hockey fans league-wide have with the league's in-house network, and perhaps some ideas that can be used to fix them.
1. NHL ON THE FLY AND NHL TONIGHT, THE NETWORK'S FLAGSHIP SHOWS, ARE BOTH WEAK
MLB Network's MLB Tonight is probably the best "live look-in" style show, in part because they mix in the chatter with getting you live to the actual important moments that the average fan would want to see. Despite not being in the vein of NFL Red Zone, they still will have you watching the key moments when you want to see them. Potential no hitters, bases loaded situations, even just showing you the end of games.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Because we’re in a giving mood this year, we’re going to strap on our trusty Santa sack, goose the reindeer into action and pass out gifts to those in the world of sports who impressed, distressed, depressed or full-court-pressed us this year.
Marc Bergevin: Jaromir Jagr, the guy he should have signed instead of Daniel Brière.
Mike Babcock: Enough sense to lean heavily on Ken Hitchcock, the smarter coach.
P.J. Stock: A pink slip.
Don Cherry: A five-year case of acute laryngitis.
Ron MacLean: Enough pride to stop fawning around Cherry. Enough humility to stop lording it over everyone else.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The early Christmas present from my wife came Thursday afternoon: two tickets to the Avalanche's home game that night against the Edmonton Oilers, for me and my son. But not just any tickets: rinkside glass, just to the right behind one of the nets....
Here's what I came away with from my up-close experience:
• When you can really get a look at the eyes of players, you learn so much more. I noticed that Avalanche defensemen Jan Hejda and Erik Johnson gave a lot of quick looks at each other before faceoffs, and they seemed to know exactly what each other was thinking and needing.
You get a real sense of which players are relaxed and confident and which players are playing tight. You notice how players steel themselves before big hits into the glass, their faces contorting in ways you'd never catch otherwise. It feels like you're at an aquarium, seeing what those big fish really look like swimming around.
• Everything happens so much faster than you realize. The game seems easier and more orderly the farther away from the ice you are. At the rinkside glass level, it's #quickcutszigzagnotimesplitsecond chaos. Another thing: Up high, the rink seems gigantic. Up close, it seems small and confined. That may sound elementary, Watson, but it makes a sizable difference in how the game is perceived. Up high, you can see the forest. Down low, all you can see are the trees.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean touched on numerous topics including Cherry stating P.K. Subban has to be on Team Canada.
Hotstove Tonight: High number of injuries will lead to higher escrow
The panel examines the high number of injuries and suspensions this season.
Plus the GM search in Buffalo and Calgary plus some 24/7 talk.
Carol of the Bells is the music the montage is set to tonight.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 16, 2013) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social’s programming plans for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 will include special content provided by hockey fans.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the Thornton suspension, how players need to learn to take a hit and other topics.
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