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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
It’s Saturday night and the country’s longest-running serial is gearing up for another episode.
When the million-plus viewers whose Saturday night just wouldn’t be complete without Hockey Night In Canada, the production looks effortless. They get their game, all the replays and commentary in a seamless collage that runs three hours.
But in many ways, Hockey Night In Canada is like an iceberg. What you see represents less than 10 per cent of the whole. Or maybe it’s more like a duck: calm on the surface, with all the frantic work and effort well out of sight.
A lot of that work this Saturday night is performed by a small army housed in a tractor-trailer parked in the bowels of the Air Canada Centre, where the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are exchanging shots and hits. Then there are the 20 cameras at ice level.
Probably the best Coach’s Corner of the season, Don discusses numerous, hockey related topics and at the end, has a message for Bettman.
Elliotte Friedman of Inside Hockey sat down with Marc Savard earlier today.
Take six minutes out of your day and watch it.
from Ron MacLean of CBC,
I was hoping to have Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke join me to answer question we’ve been raising on the show, but he declined.
I asked if I could give the exact quote he gave me for his decision to opt out. He said no. After giving him my views on the importance of the dialogue, Brian said “Explain it, then. I have no obligation here. Write and say whatever you want.” That would be fine, except that saying and writing what we want is the reason Brian’s not coming on the show.
He made it clear he did not like what has been said on our show. I explained a few bits about the balance we’ve brought, and explained the value of his appearance to our show and his fans.
Brian quipped, “Methinks, the lady doth protest too much”. Got me there. Funny it was on his mind in the hours after his vote of confidence for Ron Wilson.
more from Ron on today’s HNIC…
From a CBCSports email…
Hockey fans across the country can witness a Canadian hockey broadcasting first on Saturday, Dec. 11, when CBC and Panasonic Canada bring Canadians the first-ever 3D presentation of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. Panasonic is the official 3-D and HD TV sponsor of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. Viewers with a 3D-ready television, along with the associated pair of glasses, will be able to watch the broadcast in 3D (please see channel information below). All CBC broadcasts will be available in HD, and will be broadcast in 2D on CBC channels as usual.
Kicking off the weekend will be a special Friday installment of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, when the Habs take on the Western Conference powerhouse Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT.
from Robert Cribb and Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
If Rogers Communications seizes control of the Toronto Maple Leaf empire, it will mean the likely death of CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada, industry analysts say.
“It would start a seismic shift in the way hockey rights are acquired in Canada and, at the very least, start off one of the most profound bidding wars we’ve ever seen for the NHL broadcasting rights,” said Steve Billinger, CBC’s general manager of digital programming and business development ming until he left the national broadcaster two months ago.
“CBC could well be the one left at the table . . . CBC doesn’t have the money to compete and even it did, it would receive very hard questions about whether that’s the right way to spend it.”
A close call for Kevin Weekes as he almost had a run-in with a Zamboni.
Discussion went from CBA, contracts, ufas, Phill Kessel, Ilya Kovalchuk, the lifestyle of Alexander Ovechkin and more.
Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun said Jarome Iginla has been told he will not be asked to waive his NTC this season.
Pierre LeBrun says the Kings want a big player and since Iginla is not available, a player like Patrik Elias may be and also Brad Richards could be dangled at the trade deadline.
LeBrun also said he feel the Stamkos negotiations could be a long, drawn out process. Said Yzerman will say we want to build the team around you, hoping for some kind of discount.
Mike Milbury brought up the Colin Campbell emails and said again all he wants is a simple apology from Campbell. Eric Francis said it was refreshing that Campbell called out Marc Savard because that is what he is.
Ron MacLean chimed in and said Campbell was wrong by bringing up his son in the emails. Ron said current refs may be a little concerned with Campbell having some influence on calls, even though he says he walks out of the room when any action may be taken against his son.
added 10:30pm, Watch the video of the Hot Stove on HNIC below…
from the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
The man in charge of CBC Sports is stepping down to return to Rogers.
Scott Moore announced Tuesday he is leaving his job as executive director of CBC Sports and general manager of the CBC Revenue Group.
A person familiar with the situation told The Canadian Press that Moore is returning to Rogers Communications Inc., where he worked prior to joining CBC, but could not say in what capacity.
“This has been a difficult decision,” Moore said in a release. “I’ll always be proud of this place and what it does.”...
Moore’s departure will prompt renewed speculation that CBC may lose Hockey Night in Canada when its current deal with the NHL expires in 2014.
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