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from Bruce McCurday of The Cult of Hockey,
I daresay I’m not the only Edmonton Oilers fan who gets sick and tired of the team getting called out in the national media. Especially so when those critics are all too willing to throw in gratuitous insults about the city and the fanbase, as if we are somehow deserving of our lot in life supporting a club that has become something of a laughing stock for its constant, ongoing futility.
I am, however, prepared to make exceptions for fully informed commentators who are able to focus on the real problems while sparing the cheap shots. The man at the top of that list may well be Ray Ferraro, the TSN broadcaster who once worked as a regional colour man for the Oilers from 2003-08 and who has followed the team’s (mis)fortunes closely ever since. Ferraro has been harsh in his criticisms of the team to the point that some consider him an Oiler-hater, but to my ear many if not most of those assessments are valid, at least to a degree.
Take Wednesday afternoon’s segment on the Jason Gregor Show, when Ferraro let fly for the better part of 20 minutes in his usual shoot-from-the-hip fashion that emerges from his mouth in complete sentences and a high degree of articulateness that puts some of us writers to shame....
Ray Ferrrar speaks...
They’re coming off a guy that hasn’t coached in the NHL before, and they need a guy to transition the new coach. To me that’s a red flag. I would have thought given the disarray that the Oilers are in — and contrary to what Craig [MacTavish] has said, I don’t think they look much better than last year — and my thought has been somebody along the lines of Terry Murray, he’s been around the game for 35 years, he’s a real stickler for discipline, and he’s probably better with a young team than an older team. That would have been my thought had I been in charge. I look what Winnipeg did last year when they went from Claude Noel to Paul Maurice, there was no transitioning needing. Now Todd Nelson may turn out to be a fine coach, I just don’t know enough about him, but I do know he hasn’t coached in the NHL before.
"But Ovechkin to me, there are no 60-goal scorers in the league any more,there are 40-goal scorers. He’s a 35-to-40-goal scorer, which would put him among the best goal scorers in the league, in my opinion, year after year after year. The one thing that I just don’t know about, it keeps coming back to this for me, is we often talk about players with high hockey IQs. I don’t think he’s got one. I do not think he’s got a high hockey IQ. He goes for power, he goes in straight lines, he doesn’t see around him really well, and to me, one of the great traits that Sidney Crosby has is his ability to think the game at the highest speed. And I don’t think Ovechkin’s got that.”
-Ray Ferraro of TSN. More on Ovechkin and the Capitals from Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog at the Washington Post.
“Gary is cold and calculated, Fehr does the bemused guy really well: 'Isn’t it interesting?’ There’s a real style to what he does. He never gets upset, he never gets riled. He’s obviously a brilliant guy. He just continually says nope, nope, nope. The problem is, so does the other guy.
“Both [Bettman] and Fehr right now are showing extreme stubbornness that is a disaster to this process. They both work on the no, no, no principle. So if the deal is sitting there and there’s no dealmakers to make it, then the deal really isn’t sitting there. So the players have to decide, 'Are we really in this, and what is our end game?’”
-Ray Ferraro of TSN. More on this topic from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
I guess what was down is up in Detroit these days. Babcock, who throws compliments around like manhole covers (‘Nick Lidstrom is a good player’ - thanks tips!), has done an amazing job grinding out points with his depleted roster. I know I wouldn’t be tickled to get a healthy, relatively rested Detroit team in the first round of the playoffs.
-Ray Ferraro of TSN. More from Ray on the Wings and other hockey topics too.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Heatley’s first roommate in Atlanta back in 2002, and now a TSN analyst. Turns out Ferraro had a lot more to say than what ended up in the story and Emmons passes the rest along for fodder here. Without further ado, here’s more of what Ray Ferraro had to say about Heatley:
On Dany Heatley’s image around Canada: “Much of the stuff written about him personally, is inaccurate. Now, you can disagree with his decisions — asking for a trade and then turning down the first one. You can say that’s the modern athlete and you probably wouldn’t be wrong. But it doesn’t change that Dany’s a good person and has a good heart.”
Describe Heatley’s mentality: “He’s far more competitive than you might think from his outward appearance. Off the ice, he’s the kind of guy who takes five minutes to walk five feet. He goes at his own pace. On the ice, he loves to score and he will do whatever is required to get himself in that position.
from Ray Ferraro at TSN,
We met in the morning to walk over to the arena, Landon wearing a different suit and hoping for a quick selection.
Sometimes you look back at an event and realize its significance only in retrospect. With the 29th pick Friday night, Detroit traded down three spots to No. 32. They acquired a 3rd round pick to move down, and 10 minutes after getting into the arena Saturday morning, we heard words I had dreamt about many times watching my son chase his dream.
Ken Holland was at the microphone and said “with the 32nd pick, the Detroit Red Wings select, from the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels - Landon Ferraro.”
When I write those words, I still have tears in my eyes.
TSN has added two big names to its roster with NHL coach John Tortorella and 18-year NHLer Ray Ferraro joining NHL on TSN for the 2008-09 season.
Tortorella moves directly from behind an NHL bench into the TSN studio, making his broadcast debut as part of the NHL on TSN panel for 60 games, including weekly appearances on TSN’s marquee Wednesday Night Hockey telecasts. The 16-year NHL coaching veteran and 2004 Jack Adams Trophy winner will appear alongside studio host James Duthie and Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger.
Ferraro will work approximately 30 games as a game analyst, making his NHL on TSN debut in the broadcast booth October 14…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Former Oilers SportsNet colour commentator Ray Ferraro is going to work for TSN, replacing Glen Healy, who took a paying position with the NHL Players Association. Two possible candidates to replace Ferraro are former Penguin winger Rob Brown, who has done some good Oiler pay-per-view work, and Rod Phillips’ longtime radio sidekick, Morley Scott.
Here’s another longshot name to consider: onetime Oiler coach and goalie Ron Low, who was dumped by the Senators.
more hockey notes including Geoff Sanderson looking for work.
Our favorite for the Sportsnet job would be Morley Scott. Remember the day Alanah spent with Morley?