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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
What started as a debate about Vancouver’s Alex Burrows’ integrity has now become a question of how to protect the integrity of broadcaster Ron MacLean, the CBC bingo caller who launched a one-sided takeout of the Canucks forward on the January 16 version of Hockey Night In Canada . Sources tell Usual Suspects that parties at both the Canucks and CBC now privately concede that MacLean was over the journalistic line for not allowing Burrows to defend himself on charges of diving and lying on his filibuster.
The question now is how does CBC placate the Canucks without publicly reprimanding its veteran host (something they are not offering to do at this moment)? Can it offer other concessions to satisfy the outrage in Vancouver?
I’d like to read your opinion on this topic. I would be a little biased if I commented on this, since I’ve let it be known by questioning if Burrows would have gone public if the Canucks would have won the game that seems so long ago…
I also have met Ron on a few occasions and think he is the best in the business.
from Capitals Outsider,
We had a chance this evening to ask Coach Bruce Boudreau his thoughts about Don Cherry’s comments from the night before.
Boudreau : You know what, I love Don Cherry.
continue for an explanation from Boudreau why he had Ovechkin and Green on the power play late in the game…
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
“I think it’s really quite unfair from your boy Ron MacLean to go after Alex the way he did tonight, and take the footage that he did tonight,” he said on the CBC’s After Hours program. “Ron MacLean should have had the footage of Auger and Burrows skating 31 seconds together prior to the game. That footage has never come out.
“You only see Auger and Burr talking to one another for about four seconds, but they did two full loops together and Stephane Auger and Alex Burrows agreed on everything that was said except for one thing.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• What seemed like a very good idea at the time isn’t: Kevin Weekes on Hockey Night In Canada.
• Don’t know what this means but Brian Burke is marching in the opening ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics and Steve Yzerman isn’t. Not to tell anybody what to do, but if I was Yzerman and I had the chance to do it, I wouldn’t pass on that kind of opportunity.
a few more hockey notes…
On the HNIC Hotstove, the panelists discussed the Steve Ott disputed goal today against Detroit and other topics including, Turco, Kovalchuk and Gonchar.
Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight basically called out Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau for playing Mike Green and Alexander Ovechkin on the power play last night when they had a big lead.
Don touched on numerous topics but the Boudreau conversation starts at the 3:00 minute mark if you are just interested in that topic.
This is a two part video, the 2nd part can be watched below. The 2nd part also includes a conversation with Mike Murphy regarding the FSN Pittsburgh video issue.
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In case you missed Coach’s Corner tonight on HNIC, here it is.
Most of the conversation centered around Phil Kessel & the WJC and why Canada is still #1 in Don’s mind.
Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove Panel added their thoughts on the future of the outdoor game, after Hockey Night in Canada analyst Elliotte Friedman shared that the event has generated interest as far south as Dallas.
Jerry Jones, owner of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, has expressed interest in hosting the NHL’s Winter Classic at the new Cowboys stadium, Friedman said.
“It would be a huge financial windfall, but of course, it wouldn’t be a true Winter Classic,” said Friedman.
The latest Winter Classic matchup, between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day, was widely acclaimed as the best in the event’s three-year history.
Major networks and the NHL are now more excited about the Winter Classic than the Stanley Cup playoffs, said host Ron MacLean.
continued and LeBrun mentioned during this segment that Thrashers GM Waddell wants an answer on the Kovalchuk contract situation by Monday.
added 10:46pm, Watch tonight’s Hotstove segment below…
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
Friday’s NHL outdoor game at Fenway Park is creating a fair bit of excitement around the CBC.
But as much as Hockey Night In Canada executive producer Sherali Najak is looking forward to using his Green Monster camera and capturing the history of the first NHL game played in the house that Ted Williams built, there’s one thing that would make it even better for him and the CBC: another game in Canada.
“That would make a huge difference for us,” Najak says, recalling the initial outdoor game in Edmonton. “The buzz on Canadian soil is always more special for Canadian fans.
“Hockey is our game and people will watch regardless. But when you take over an NHL city with an outdoor game, it’s something special.
“I think the country deserves a game here.”
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