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Ron was on Fan590 this morning and said he felt sorry for Bettman. The man is under a lot of pressure especially with the Phoenix situation, since he told the owners they would not lose money on this deal.
In case you missed Coach’s Corner last night.
Also, Ron MacLean picked his highlight of the night…
Pierre LeBrun, Glenn Healy and Elliotte Friedman made up the panel tonight and discussed, the #1 pick in the draft, international hockey. Lidstrom decision coming soon and other hockey topics.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
How did we end up with Don Cherry and Barry Melrose as the respective oracles for hockey in Canada and the U.S.? ESPN thinks the sun sets on Melrose, but the former L.A. Kings coach has been warming up the same tired Cherry tribute act he’s peddled for 20 years. Down to the zoot suits. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. In a recent interview with Sports Media Watch, he was asked to compare himself to Cherry.
“Well, I’m a lot better looking and better dressed than Don Cherry. Gotta get that out there right away. But I would say so, yeah. If you look at the viewership for ESPN, non-hockey fans are watching SportsCenter. All of a sudden, this guy from Canada pops up, and they say, ‘this is the hockey guy.’ So I would definitely say that’s true. It’s something I take pride in, and something I work hard to cultivate, and something that I try to convey every night to people that aren’t hockey fans.
more plus some ratings talk, etc…
(Don) Cherry made it sound on Hockey Night in Canada like the story was solely Europeans crowing about their success, but the majority of those I talked to in the goaltending world this week were North Americans talking about what Finland, Sweden and other countries are doing so well.
They’ve taken note—and rather than burying their heads in the sand, are in favour of proactively working to get better.
-James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, discussing Don Cherry’s response to an article wrote on European goalies. Read all about it here.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Okay, having cleared our throat… here’s how we’ve rated the Canadian network TV raters
After 40 Minutes (Hockey Night In Canada): They used to say Fred Astaire gave Ginger Rogers class and she gave him sex appeal. Well, Kelly Hrudey has given the frothing Mike Milbury a little class and Milbury has given Hrudey a dash of passion. The combination has spawned the go-to 2010 playoff panel.
Typically, Milbury rants about the enervation of the sport (in one fit of pique, he walked off the set, half in jest, half in earnest). Meanwhile, Hrudey has become the Jackson Pollock of the telestrator, putting computerized squiggles on the strategic bones of the game. It works because Milbury’s unpredictability and Hrudey’s pointed barbs about the San Jose Sharks or Roberto Luongo carry bite. It also seems to focus host Ron MacLean into his best work. Now if they would stop sapping the energy by going to P.J. Stock in his video prison set. Rating: B+
TSN: Their panels change so rapidly during the playoffs, it’s a wonder they don’t get a too-many-men-on-the-set penalty….
“After the show, at the hotel, with a few libations under our belts and our long, long conversations, comes the real story. And these are the stories I’ve shared with Kirstie.”
-Ron MacLean about his memoir which will be published. More from the CP at Yahoo.
Elliotte Friedman talks with Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent. Great piece by Elliotte which starts at the 1:51 mark in the video below.
Kelly Hrudey of HNIC says Luongo should be saying “I need to be better” instead of talking in general terms.
Watch the Luongo post-game interview or scroll to the 6:50 mark and watch Kelly’s reaction to the interview.
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
For a guy who comes across as fairly mild-mannered, Bob Cole sure provokes some strong reactions.
After I wrote Friday about CBC Sports head Scott Moore’s praise for the long-time hockey play-by-play announcer and plans to bring him back next year, several readers expressed their belief that praise for Cole was long overdue.
One called his work “magic.”
On the other hand, several wondered if Moore was either deaf, blind or suffering from some cognitive disorder to claim that Cole had “added value” to CBC’s playoff coverage.
If CBC thinks Cole is good enough to return next season, that is fine with me.
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