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Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss all the news around the NHL, including John Scott getting traded and how some young players are pushing for Rookie of the Year.
52 years to the day (Jan 16th, 1964) he made his NHL debut at the Montreal Forum, Phil Esposito narrates the opening to this week’s Hockey Night in Canada.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed the following topics...
Cherry started with why Bernier started tonight.
Next up was the play of the Edmonton Oilers.
Next was a few video clips of the alley-oop passes and the stretch pass to Dylan Larkin from a few days ago.
Topic changed to the Capitals/Rangers game today then a goal Holtby gave up this week.
The Florida Panthers were discussed with Cherry pointing out a few plays from them.
The last topic was the hit from Roman Polak on Tyler Toffoli.
Watch below, via Sportsnet.
Let the music of The Rolling Stones get you ready for another exciting edition of Hockey Night in Canada.
from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
“Have you heard anything?” the NHL general manager asked, and Darren Dreger hadn’t, not really. There is always gossip, and the phones never stop getting worked. But through a combination of the diving Canadian dollar, a flat salary cap, and unprecedented parity in the NHL, the league was an off-ice ghost town in the first three months of this season. General managers got to the point where they were asking Dreger, one of TSN’s hockey insiders, to see if they were missing anything. They weren’t.
“I don’t ever remember it being that slow,” says Dreger.
Wednesday afternoon, the dam finally burst. At 4:42, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports tweeted that Vinny Lecavalier was being traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. At 4:44, TSN’s Bob McKenzie said Luke Schenn was going, and maybe Lecavalier too. At 4:45, he said both. At 4:46, TSN’s Darren Dreger said the return was Jordan Weal and a third-round pick. At 4:47, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the same thing.
There was more. Philadelphia was retaining salary, which Friedman and Dreger tweeted at almost the exact same time, 4:54. At 5:01 and 5:02, respectively, McKenzie and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun both reported that Lecavalier would retire at season’s end, which was the other key to the trade. Meanwhile, at 4:58, Dreger also reported centre Mike Richards, out of the game after a drug case, had been signed by the Washington Capitals.
The hockey world reacted as it always does to the increasingly rare hockey trade: like a dog chasing the first squirrel it has ever seen.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
All in all, going "Inside the Glass" with McGuire for NBC's broadcast of the game was one of the most entertaining assignments of my career.
Here are the my takeaways from the experience:
Time flies: I knew the game was faster when watching from ice level, but I didn't realize how quick time passes when you are in the center of the action. When I heard play-by-play man Kenny Albert in my headset say there was less than a minute to go in the first period, I was shocked. There’s so much going on right in front of you that you lose all sense of time. Line changes are happening two feet away, coaches are barking commands and players are calling for the puck. It’s all mesmerizing.
McGuire’s complicated job: He may not be speaking to viewers every minute of the game, but he is always talking to someone, often a member of the NBC production crew to let them know he has a story to tell or what video they should cue up. McGuire likes to identify eight possible story lines for the game.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks is starting in 30 minutes and Pierre McGuire is headed to work.
First he stops to talk to Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, who is riding a stationary bike. Then McGuire makes small talk with a referee and linesman. Finally he walks across ice and climbs over the boards and settles into his office — the space between the teams’ benches.
Just like Wayne Gretzky had his office behind the net, Phil Esposito had the slot and Ron Hextall had the crease, McGuire has the space that he has used to help change the game.
"It’s like he invented his job,” says NBC play-by-play broadcaster Kenny Albert.
USA TODAY Sports spent a portion of Wednesday’s NBC “Rivalry Night” game at United Center inside the glass with McGuire and witnessed the celebrity that the former coach has become — with fans waiting to take selfies — from one of the most unique positions in sports.
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 6, 2016 – NBCSN rings in the new year by launching NHL Sunday Shootout, a new 30-minute program recapping the biggest NHL moments of week. NHL Sunday Shootout premieres this Sunday at 11:30 p.m. ET, after NBCSN’s Sunday Night Hockey matchup between the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild at 8 p.m. ET, and will follow each of NBCSN’s 12 Sunday Night Hockey matchups.
The program, hosted by Dave Briggs, will feature insight and analysis from NBC Sports Group’s team of NHL commentators, including Jeremy Roenick, Brian Boucher, and Anson Carter.
NHL Sunday Shootout will serve as a weekly roundup for NHL fans on most Sunday nights leading into the postseason. In addition to insight and analysis recapping the week around the league, NHL Sunday Shootout will preview the upcoming week and feature recurring segments, including:
Hometown Hockey was in Thundery Bay, Ontario yesterday.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed...
Don Cherry pointed out the goal tonight by Sidney Crosby.
Up next was the play of Brendan Gallagher then mentioned the LA Kings in comparing them to the Bruins Cherry used to coach and brought up the play of Tyler Toffoli.
The talk turned to the play of Daniel Winnik.
Cherry then sent praise out to Darnell Nurse for sticking up for his teammates.
Cherry then mentioned an old-time friend and talked about Canada's loss in the WJC today.
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