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Ron MacLean, Pierre LeBrun, Glenn Healy and Mike Milbury discuss numerous topics including Savard’s contract, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin contract talk, changing some of the names of the NHL Trophies and Brendan Shanahan’s job with the NHL
Online viewers will have personal control over a near-ice-level perspective as the Hockey Night in Canada All Access Cam makes its debut in Friday’s telecast of the Montreal Canadiens’ centennial anniversary game against the Boston Bruins.
The new camera will give viewers logging on to CBCSports.ca total freedom to choose where they focus their attention during the pre-game festivities and after the puck drops at the Bell Centre.
“It’s a cool innovation. We’re always trying to bring the event to the viewer,” said Hockey Night in Canada executive producer Sherali Najak.
Developed by Immersive Media in Calgary and sponsored by Chevrolet, the circular camera, smaller than a soccer ball, has 11 lenses working simultaneously. The different views are pieced together by computer software, giving online users a real-time 360-degree view of the action.
continued and I do believe only Canadian IP addresses can access HNIC online…
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
For a moment during Hockey Night In Canada, Mike Milbury seemed ready to pull off his shoe and use it on Ian Pulver. The big guy was sputtering over Pulver’s rules-are-rules attitude to a suggested solution for an NHL problem.
Pulver, a Bob Goodenow acolyte and now a player agent, defended during the Hotstove segment the regime of Goodenow, the former NHL Players’ Association executive, to which Milbury, face red, said, “That was the most untrusting guy in the goddamned world.”
The expletive wasn’t needed, but Milbury had it right about Goodenow.
from David Staple of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
After the first period of the Edmonton Oilers-Vancouver Canucks game, commentator Mike Milbury of the CBC, who didn’t exactly cover himself in glory as the general manager of the New York Islanders, offered the following to Oilers management:
“They got to find the rats and get them off the ship because in this situation guys will start to reveal their character, guys who don’t want to get hit in the corner, guys who don’t want to play tough and dirty. You might as well get rid of them.”
And exactly how Mr. Milbury, in this age of guaranteed contracts and the salary cap, are you going to do that?
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
Al Strachan, who was fired from Hockey Night In Canada a few weeks ago, has sent a lawyer’s letter to the CBC stating that he was unfairly dismissed.
Strachan was removed from his spot on the Hotstove panel after the CBC learned that his new book, Why The Leafs Suck, identified him on the cover as “from Hockey Night In Canada.” Permission had not been given to the publisher, Harper Collins, to use the show’s name. Hockey Night markets its own publications and did not want its brand appearing on a competitor’s book. Strachan’s letter states that he was an innocent third party in a dispute between the CBC and Harper Collins.
For Hockey Night, the immediate issue is: Who replaces him? Reporter Elliotte Friedman filled in one week and did a good job. The Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts appeared once.
Last week, Glenn Healy took a turn, juggling two assignments, one in the studio replacing Strachan, by remote, and the other at ice level as a game analyst. It’s difficult to do both jobs effectively.
Pierre LeBrun, Mike Milbury and David Shoalts join Ron MacLean on the HNIC Hotstove.
Make sure to check out the “fight-helmet” Pierre introduces.
added 11:10pm A recap of the Hotstove talk at CBC if you wish to read instead of watch.
HNIC Opening from last night.
If you missed the Hot Stove on HNIC tonight, you can read about it at CBC or watch the video.
added 11:35pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN may have touched on subjects here that he did not mention in the Hotstove segment.
“I love you as a guy, and as a player. You play my type of game.” … [But] you’re going to be very, very sorry one day because someone is going to cut you in half.”
-Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight speaking about Alexander Ovechkin when reviewing his recent slew-foot. More from Don at CBC.
added 9:32pm, Watch Coach’s Corner from tonight.
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