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from Don Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The vast majority of Pang’s pay comes from Fox Sports Midwest, with the rest from the club, and he decided to continue rather than take an offer from Canadian network TSN to be an analyst on its national coverage of the league.
“I was really happy that (Blues and FSM officials) stepped up,’’ Pang said, adding that the TSN people “were really good because they knew I wanted to stay in St. Louis — but they did present something very good to me. But I really enjoy it here. And it was important to me that our producer (Tim Pabst) and director (Phil Mollica) here were locked in to multiyear deals. We’re a close-knit group. That’s John Kelly. That’s Bernie Federko. That’s the whole team I’m talking about.
“In any business, when you do have leverage, you’re not trying to trick anybody,’’ he added. “I did have something else. But Bruce Affleck really’’ took charge in getting the team and FSM together.
from B.J. Rains of FSMidwest,
How good has Jaroslav Halak been and has he done even better than expectations?
Darren Pang: “When he grew up he liked watching Patrick Roy and Curtis Joseph play and that’s something because here he is in St. Louis and he plays in such control so he’s not like Curtis Joseph and he’s not as methodical as Patrick, but he’s just so calm, cool and collected, more than either one of those two. But his play doesn’t surprise me one bit. Not one bit. When you watch or scout or evaluate goalies, and I did the Olympics last year and I evaluated every goalie in the Olympics. I was prepared for every country and I watched Halak tape on every flight going back and forth to see how he was and what Canada was going to have to face because I was working for a Canadian network. Then I saw the playoffs. So it’s not a fluke. You don’t play that well under pressure and handle adversity as well as he has and then be surprised by it. I’m not surprised one bit. This is Jaroslav Halak. This is how he plays. It’s not a fluke. It’s not a 10-game role he’s one. This is the way he plays.
“And Jaroslav Halak never reacts or shows up his teammates. If three goals go in and they are all horrendous mistakes by somebody in front of him, he will never make that player look bad and I think that’s why his teammates love him.
more regarding the Blues…
from Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,
While discussing the superb play of Mikael Samuelsson on TSN’s hockey panel this morning, Darren Pang made a qualifying remark along the lines of, sure, Samuelsson benefits from “playing with the Twinkies.”
There are a lot of urban-slang definitions of Twinky, none redeeming.
The real deal, as such, is the small sponge cake with the fake cream filling.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin spongy? Soft on the inside? Fake?...
What’s sad is you might expect a talking head from the East to still call the Sedins sissy names, but Pang has broadcast experience with the Coyotes and Blues, and must have seen the physical pounding the Sedins regularly take without batting an eye, let alone missing any games.
added 4:31pm, via a Darren Pang tweet,
Hey Vancouver fans, meant nothing by the “Twinkies” comment on the Sedins. No one has more respect than I do. It is term used for Twins.
from Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Bernie Federko is out of the Blues’ broadcast booth after 12 seasons and will be replaced by Darren Pang, who has been an analyst for NBC, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and Canada’s TSN.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Q: How hard is it separate yourself from players, as far criticizing them?
A: “The first couple of years were very difficult because I left the team in Chicago that I played with, I was in the locker room with the players all the time, and we even had the same coach, Mike Keenan, so I knew what the players were going through with that coach, and that was very difficult, watching practice and watching the players.
“But when I was moved nationally to ESPN that really helped me out because I got to in the other teams’ locker rooms, and I got to see the games a little bit more from the management and coaching side rather than just being the players’ side. I’ve enjoyed that part of it. There’s a big difference between being a player and looking at it from a coach’s side.”