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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
For many years, I've asked NHL players what it feels like to win the Stanley Cup, and they always look as if they have been asked to define the meaning of life.
Most say they don't have the words necessary to explain the feeling of accomplishment that they now enjoy. They say it's indescribable, or surreal, or exhilarating.
Some of them can't even try to explain. More than one has let out an audible exhale, paused to fight back tears, and then shaken his head to tell me that he is too emotional to go there.
That's where I am at in trying to explain how meaningful it is to me to be presented with the Lester Patrick award tonight. I simply can't explain.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
My first concern was that the 12-year, $5.2-billion deal would spell the death of Hockey Night in Canada and eventual doom for the CBC — concerns that were much allayed after I read Brendan Kelly’s interview with former Montrealer (and dedicated Habs fan) Scott Moore, president of broadcasting for Rogers.
In one sense, Moore’s task should be easy. He has to sell hockey to Canadians, in a country where 98.2 per cent of the folks over age 10 are hockey fans and 95.7 per cent of those are in need of a good 12-step program. And although we like to think of ourselves as a hockey nation, we’re really a nation that watches hockey on TV. On a busy Saturday night, there might be 100,000 people in NHL arenas across the country, but millions watch on television.
The hard part for Moore will be to sort out the mess that is Hockey Night in Canada — and Saturday night’s HNIC telecast of the 4-2 Canadiens win over the Toronto Maple Leafs should give him plenty of food for thought.
First, we had Don Cherry (whose career has been one extended money grab, raking it in with his Rock ’Em, Sock ’Em videos without paying the guys who do the actual fighting a cent) accusing the players who filed a concussion lawsuit against the NHL of a money grab. Roughly three days after I defended Cherry for the one and only time, he made me regret my words.
Cherry is an out-and-out Leafs fan, but if the rest of the broadcast offers some balance, you can ignore Cherry. Saturday night (hush, people), the play-by-play and the commentary from Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Garry Galley were fine, as they usually are. They pointed out what the Habs did right and the Leafs did wrong.
It was when we got to the Hotstove that the telecast ran off the rails.
After the first period of the late game on HNIC, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean get together again to talk hockey.
Last night topics included the play of Drew Doughty, the Paciorettty goal and Getzlaf and Perry.
If anyone thinks TSN’s coverage will diminish, consider that Bob McKenzie, the network’s go-to insider, broke the news of the Rogers blockbuster. McKenzie is among the on-air folks — others include Darren Dreger, James Duthie, ex-Bruin Aaron Ward, Gord Miller, Jim Hughson, Elliotte Friedman, Ron MacLean — who are the best at what they do at TSN and CBC. They have illuminated the game. Hopefully they will continue to do so at their current workplaces or elsewhere. Fans will lose out otherwise.
-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe on the Rogers NHL broadcast deal. Read on for more on this topic and other hockey subject....
During tonight's Coach's CornerDon Cherry and Ron MacLean looked at the disallowed Phaneuf goal as compared to the goal by Malkin the other night.
They also reviewed the action between Colton Orr and P.K Subban during the first period of the Toronto/Montreal game.
Then Don said never fight a guy who is in a rage mood and showed the fight between Bieska and Boyle from earlier today.
Next topic was Ovechkin taping his stick.
Cherry also addressed the concussion lawsuit and called it a money grab.
Cherrry says the Rogers deal is great for the players, more money for them.
Don Cherry closed by basically saying to Rogers, don't upset the apple cart, leave good things alone.
I will post the video when available.
added 8:46pm, Watch Coach's Corner below...
All I can say is Wow and Bravo!
Some of the topics discussed- A few teams believe the salary cap will reach $80M in 3 years and one team thinks it may hit $90M in 5 years with the floor at $70M.
Then a few possible UFAs were looked at for 2015 and 2016.
There was discussion on the concussion lawsuit and will the NHL just settle in order to avoid releasing financial information.
A few more topics were brought up including Leafs' trade talk, Ottawa assistant GM Tim Murray may get an interview with the Sabres for their GM opening.
The final topic, Malkin not having his sweater tucked in.
I will have video of the segment when it becomes available.
added 7:24pm, Watch the Hotstove segment below...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Never mind the salary. Never mind the term. In hockey terms only, David Clarkson, at any price, isn't contributing enough to the Maple Leafs ... Martin Brodeur promised: "You'll love this guy." Still waiting for that guy to arrive.
- The three hottest Canadian scorers in November have been Joe Thornton, Chris Kunitz and James Neal, all of whom might be considered long shots to play for Team Canada. But right now, how do you leave any of the three off the Olympic team ?
- I have been associated with TSN for more than a decade and this is written from a personal side. I have great respect and regard for the work the people at TSN have done in broadcasting hockey and to see them shut out in the future breaks my heart on any number of levels.
Gary Bettman made a magnificent $5.2 billion deal for the NHL, maybe the greatest of all deals in his time as commissioner. But when he called it a "win-win" for hockey fans, I understood his sentiment but couldn't disagree more.
My NHL hockey, as a consumer not a reporter, not being affiliated with any network, includes Chris Cuthbert and James Duthie; Bob McKenzie and Ray Ferraro; Gord Miller and Darren Dreger; Glenn Healy and Elliotte Friedman. I want the best.
from the CP at The Hockey News,
The 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement announced this week gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games and will see the beloved broadcast shift to the telecommunication giant's multiple platforms, including City and Sportsnet.
Such a radical transformation—from must-see "appointment" viewing to "hockey a la carte"—could call for a shake-up when it comes to on-air talent, including the man many consider the face of "Hockey Night in Canada," said David Kincaid, managing partner and CEO of the Toronto-based Level 5 Strategy Group.
No company invests billions of dollars in a brand only to leave it as it is, said Kincaid, who helped Labatt Breweries wrest sponsorship rights to the NHL from Molson-Coors in the 1990s.
"If they want to say it's the fresh new face of hockey, available across all these different mediums and all this different type of integrated content, if a certain personality is seen as an on-air television commentator, it's off strategy," he said.
"If the equity of their brand is only television, and you're creating content to go across multiple platforms, I kind of want a new spokesperson that travels across all the platforms or a whole range of spokespeople."
more and Cherry has mentioned he will discuss his future on Coach's Corner tomorrow night.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
There is some disagreement over the details of how it all happened, but a lot of people connected to the negotiations for the new Canadian NHL television contract think it was a question of attitude as much as the dollars behind the NHL’s decision to dump BCE Inc. and TSN for Rogers Communications Inc. and Sportsnet.
Separate sources say when negotiations opened between the NHL and TSN to extend its contract for the broadcast rights in Canada, executives from the all-sports cable network and its parent company could have showed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman a little more respect. Instead, sources say, the message delivered to Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly was TSN carried the NHL’s water for many years and the network was prepared to pay only so much to carry on the relationship – so the league should sit down and sign a contract.
For example, sources say, BCE president and chief executive officer George Cope never became involved in the negotiations. At the same time, Rogers president and CEO Nadir Mohamed played a “very” important role in the talks, according to someone close to Bettman. Those who know Bettman say he has a keen idea of how important the NHL is to certain businesses and markets.
Also, Bettman takes a dim view of those who do not share that view – especially those who are supposed to be partners of the league.
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