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by Paul on 11/18/09 at 02:19 PM ET
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.
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