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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The owner of the voice that just sounds like hockey waits for a telephone call that may never come.
A courtesy call, maybe. A welcoming call. A call out of sheer respect for who he is and what he’s done. Something from his old bosses, his current bosses, maybe the new people who are taking over.
Something to let Bob Cole know anything about today and tomorrow in a broadcast world still swirling from the $5.2-billion Rogers deal that knocked so many people, so many networks, for a loop.
“No one has called me,” said Cole, the voice of Saturday night for so many of our lives, talking on the telephone. “I thought somebody might call, tell me something, say hello, you know...
“Everybody is telling me how I’m supposed to feel about this — ‘Are you upset about this? What does it mean for you?’
Don Cherry opens Coach's Corner with the Thornton/Orpik incident. Cherry and Ron MacLean then discussed the 1st period between the Leafs and Senators. The next topic was regarding the selection process of Team Canada for the WJC.
Topics include what does Wayne Gretzky do now, the contract talks regarding Subban and Phaneuf and Kulikov trade talk.
Tonight's montage set to 'Save Us'...
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs fans across the nation unexpectedly had their breath stolen for three minutes and three seconds last Saturday night, even before the puck had dropped on the 721st regular-season game between the two storied clubs.
Tuned to Hockey Night in Canada, they were overwhelmed by a pregame video montage that was a magnificent cross-section of a rivalry more than eight decades old, stunning black-and-white and colour footage of the players of yesterday and today, their skating and battling and celebrating at full speed and in slow motion sewn through grainy film and razor-sharp images of buildings and broadcasters and diehard supporters of both clubs.
If the images alone were enough to weaken the knees, their drama soared higher still with the accompaniment of the legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti, singing the Puccini aria Nessun dorma (translated: None shall sleep) from the 1920s opera Turandot.
It was the latest and, many say, the greatest montage in more than six years of Hockey Night in Canada telecast-opening work by Toronto’s Tim Thompson.
continued and if you missed the montage, you can watch it below...
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.
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 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.
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