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Don Cherry & Ron MacLean don’t want your emails read on the air.
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
There were no sounds of champagne corks popping at CBC headquarters Thursday, but the mood was definitely celebratory.
“We were due,” said CBC Sports head Scott Moore after Wednesday’s upset victory by the Montreal Canadiens ensured the public network two Canadian-based teams in the second round. It’s a luxury the CBC hasn’t enjoyed since the 2006-07 season when both Ottawa and Vancouver survived the initial skirmish….
While CBC is celebrating the Montreal victory, the sounds emanating from NBC and Versus are a tad more mournful.
NBC will actually deign to show a Canadian team on Sunday, airing the Montreal-Pittsburgh game. Though the network is touting the game as a showcase for Sidney Crosby, it can’t be too happy with having only one American market involved.
On the other hand, that’s better than next weekend’s scenario when the NHL gets its annual shutout from NBC because of The Players Championship golf tournament. The league is happy that ratings are up in the U.S. this spring, but can’t be happy that most Americans won’t be able to find a hockey game next weekend.
Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean. Don talks defensive coverage down low, shot blocking and additional hockey topics.
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
It’s great to see the CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada giving Bob Cole an important NHL playoff assignment. Bob has been more than a little sour about his forced semi-retirement, so he should be bucked up by getting the Ottawa Senators-Pittsburgh Penguins series, arguably Hockey Night’s lead match-up in the first round.
Of course no NHL games tonight, but we do have hockey related shows.
The 201 NHL Entry Draft Drawing can be watched on Versus and TSN beginning at 8:00pm ET.
The NHL Network has their Western Conference Playoff Preview show beginning at 8:00pm ET and repeated at the top of the hour.
CBC has their Stanley Countdown Show at 8 :00pm.local, 8:30 NT or CBCSports.ca (Canadian IPs only), 7:00pm ET.
from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,
There will be a box of Kleenex at his side.
And when the story of his life airs on CBC Sunday, Don Cherry will be in his basement in front of his TV, sitting in the very chair from his days as coach of the Rochester Americans.
“The couch where Rose would sit is right next to it,” Cherry, fighting tears, said Wednesday.
For more on the series, visit CBC.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Why is Elliotte Friedman so underused on Hockey Night In Canada ? While the program promotes former brawler P.J. Stock doing highlights and treatises on The Code, Friedman is typically reduced – outside of a feature on the Saturday pre-game show – to the cherished “What will it take to get back into this game?” interviews between periods and after games.
While understated on-camera, Friedman is capable of an open-ended question in under 10 seconds – without the parenthetical wandering of more famous names. He is still more comfortable in front of the lens than several of the Hot Stove ‘s stock players and commands respect from players and peers. Plus, Friedman – who was recruited from The Score – would deliver a smidgen of balance to the editorial slant of the show that leans toward … shall we say “traditional” values.
Don to Ron MacLean, “You know who it was, I don’t want to say it”, then goes on to compare statistics of Dion Phaneuf to Lidstrom.
That dialog begins around the 3:00 minute mark.
from Mihira Lakshman, of CBC Sports,
Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell got taken on the Ilya Kovalchuk deal, Hockey Night in Canada analyst Mike Milbury told the Hotstove segment on Saturday night.
Kovalchuk was dealt, along with Anssi Salmela, to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for defenceman Johnny Oduya, rookie Niclas Bergfors, prospect Patrice Cormier and a first-round draft pick.
Milbury was highly critical of the Thrashers’ GM, and doesn’t believe Waddell got fair value in return for his star.
contniued or watch the video below, which has some trade talk, but nothing earth shattering.
Great Inside Hockey Segment by Elliotte Friedman last night. Enjoy.
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