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I don’t think it’s overstating the case to say that ex-players like Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Trevor Linden, Marc Bergevin, Bruce Boudreau, Doug Risebrough, Patrick Roy and Joe Nieuwendyk, to name just a few, advanced into the hockey coaching/management sphere in part because they were quotable and interesting and, consequently, viewed as bright and insightful. Not all proved to be, but many did.
Ditto the ex-players who now populate the TV panels and colour analyst positions — Ray Ferraro, Craig Simpson, Nick Kypreos, Mike Milbury, Aaron Ward, Mike Johnson, Kelly Hrudey, et al.
Same with coaches like Mike Babcock, Paul Maurice, Ken Hitchcock, Todd McLellan and Bob Hartley, and with GMs like Bryan Murray and Dale Tallon and Brian Burke and, before he became a recluse, Glen Sather.
When all was said and done, their willingness to play the game with the media earned them a line of credit to be used during lean times, so that calls for their heads didn’t come quite so quickly, or at all.
-Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun where you can read more hockey notes...
from Neil Best of Newsday,
It was 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center and Joe Micheletti was present and accounted for, as usual, coffee cup in hand, as usual.
Normally this would not be news because announcers usually attend playoff teams' morning skates. But many journalist friends who passed by asked him how he was feeling.
That is because Micheletti, MSG's Rangers analyst, had worked a triple-overtime game between the Predators and Blackhawks on Tuesday night in Chicago, gotten to bed at 2:30 a.m. Central Time and had a wakeup call at 4:30.
That sort of turnaround is manageable for one night. But Micheletti has been at this for a week, working both Blackhawks-Predators for NBC and Penguins-Rangers for MSG -- including going from a double-overtime game in Nashville to a game in New York.
from Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily,
NBCSN averaged 349,000 viewers for 91 NHL game telecasts during the '14-15 season, down slightly from 351,000 viewers over 88 games last season.
The audience still marks the cable net's third-best audience since acquiring NHL rights prior to the '05-06 season. Only last season and the lockout-shortened '12-13 season rank higher. NBCSN did see a small gain (+1%) for its "Wednesday Night Rivalry" telecasts (565,000 vs 559,000 viewers). The Wednesday night window drew seven of NBCSN's 10 most-viewed games this season.
via Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated,
NBC announced some of the early-round broadcast assignments for the Stanley Cup playoffs (some of the broadcasters are from the CBC/and or Sportsnet). They include:
Capitals-Islanders: Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (analyst).
Senators-Canadiens: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Mike Johnson, Glenn Healy and David Amber (analysts).
Blackhawks-Predators: Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst).
Flames-Canucks: Jim Hughson (play-by play), Craig Simpson and Scott Oake (analysts).
Penguins-Rangers: Mike Emrick (play-by-play) and McGuire.
Red Wings-Lightning: John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (analyst).
Wild-Blues: Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst).
Jets-Ducks: Dave Randorf (play-by-play), Garry Galley and Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analysts)
Topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean included-
Toronto used to be the toughest team in the world but no longer.
Talk turned to Montreal and Ottawa in the playoffs.
The play of the Calgary Flames was next.
Next topic was the Winnipeg Jets.
Then a few more topics including the Buffalo Sabres.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
More people are watching Sportsnet than ever before, and the network has closed the gap on TSN as the country’s No. 1 sports property. But television ratings for hockey — despite all Rogers’ bells and whistles — are down.
“It was supposed to be a hockey lovers’ dream,” said McMaster University professor Marvin Ryder. “Whatever they’ve done does not seem to resonate. That’s the concern.”...
“It has nothing to do with the broadcasts,” said Ryder. “The sportscasters are not doing anything wrong. I just think you’ve got a younger group of people who are saying over and over again they just don’t have the time or the patience to sit in front of a TV at a specifically scheduled time and sit there for three hours and watch it all.”
They following along in snippets, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and tune in when they want, said Ryder.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
When Rogers Communications Inc. wrested the Canadian national broadcast rights away from the CBC and TSN before this season, MacLean was replaced as the main Hockey Night In Canada host by George Stroumboulopoulos. MacLean retained his role with Cherry, but his host duties were confined to Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcasts on Sunday nights on the Sportsnet and City networks. Hometown Hockey wrapped for the season last Sunday.
Rogers broadcast staff has not been told formally what the plans are for the playoffs, but MacLean said he does not expect to be doing anything other than Coach’s Corner despite the fact Rogers will be showing all eight first-round series on CBC and on its own various networks. And that’s fine with MacLean.
“Oh, I’m happy,” he said Monday. “I think it will be good for Grapes [Cherry] to do Coach’s Corner every night.”
However, Canadian viewers may not be happy seeing MacLean in a reduced role as a host. Last November, an Angus Reid poll found that 74 per cent of 1,504 respondents felt MacLean’s lesser role on HNIC hurt the show’s brand.
from Hometown Hockey where you can watch more highlights from the first year...
Topics discussed tonight include...
The play of Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators.
Next up was the Dustin Byfuglien suspension.
Then the play of Scott Gomez and his fine for elbowing.
Up next was Corey Perry and how he cares for his stick.
A few other topics were also talked about.
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 1, 2015 – For the fourth consecutive year, every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game will be presented nationally across the platforms of NBC Sports Group and select NBCUniversal networks. During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming. It all begins two weeks from today on Wednesday, April 15.
Coverage will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as NBCUniversal’s USA Network, the No. 1 cable entertainment network, and CNBC, NBCUniversal’s business channel. This marks the first time USA Network will present NHL Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 1985. CNBC has provided Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 2012.
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