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from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
For the season so far on Sportsnet, the Leafs are delivering an average audience of 478,000, a decrease of eight per cent from last year’s average or 518,000. Regular season regional numbers for the Leafs have long hovered around the half million mark. Sportsnet recorded its best numbers of the year (515,000) with Toronto versus Carolina on Nov. 20.
“While the ratings haven’t been where we would like them to be, they certainly are ahead of where they were at the end of last season,” said Sportsnet president Scott Moore. “I think the hardcore fans are buying into a plan, and they haven’t given up the way the fans did at the end of last year.”
“We’d always be happier to have the Leafs in contention and vying for a Stanley Cup, but I think the team was very clear with the fans with what to expect. I’m not personally all that surprised that they’ve had some success, as it’s not such a bad idea to lower expectations and then hopefully exceed them.”
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed last night's shootout between the Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders.
Next topic was P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher blocking shots with their hands and Cherry discussed the modern/old school gloves.
They moved on to talk goalies with Cherry saying Reimer is right up with many of the current, great goaltenders.
Cherry talked about how important it is to communicate on the ice, then pointed out a bad icing call against Edmonton last night against Detroit.
Next up was a few goals from Jamie Benn then Cherry introduced the video montage Sportsnet did last week.
I get along with most people, but there are some who I could not click with. Jacques Martin was one guy who made it pretty clear he had no use for me. Can’t explain why, but it happens and you deal with it. Darrell Walker and I had zero use for each other.
Pat Quinn and Brian Burke were challenging because, if you got on their bad side, it could be long-lasting. Quinn and I went a year without talking to each other when he was coach of the Leafs. But we sorted it out and had a strong relationship when he died. He was great to talk to.
Burke and I had a big blowup and went a long time without talking. But that thawed out, too. He and Quinn are challenging because they are good people, but they liked the whole us vs. them mentality and sometimes I was “them.”
To me, “challenging” is not necessarily a bad thing, because I don’t mind guys who do that. If you don’t like a question, say it. If you have a problem with me, tell me. We’ll sort it out. Mike Babcock is like that. He’s ripped some of my questions before, but it’s honest and makes for good TV. Bob Clarke, Bob Gainey and Steve Yzerman are others who’ve made it clear they haven’t always enjoyed some of the stuff I’ve done. That can be intimidating if you let it, because they are three giants of the game. But you deal with it and move on.
Andrea Kremer joins Emrick on opening night, visits his home in Michigan and gets his thoughts on some of hockey’s most pressing issues.
via Hometown Hockey,
Danny Gallivan was not the first hockey broadcaster. That honour belongs to Foster Hewitt. But like Hewitt, Gallivan, who hailed from Sydney, N.S., had paved his own path and legacy as the voice of the Montreal Canadiens in an era that spanned 16 Stanley Cups. Dick Irvin, who joined him for many of those years in the booth, walks us through Gallivan’s legendary career behind the microphone.
Below a feature on Al MacInnis...
Topics discussed include...
James Reimer was the first topic from Don Cherry who says the only reason he is playing is because Jonathan Bernier got hurt.
Next up was the goal from JVR.
Cherry followed up with discussing the play of Joel Ward for the San Jose Sharks.
T.J. Brodie was the next topic then Cherry pointed out the play of the goalies in 3-on-3, keeping the puck alive and it is working.
Then a few more topics including the stick getting through the goalie mask and someday a goalie is going to lose an eye.
TSN's Bob McKenzie will receive the Hockey Hall of Fame's prestigious Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism on Monday, but before he does, longtime colleague James Duthie exposes the world to TSN's ''Real'' Hockey Insider.
Watch the feature, available to everyone....
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed...
Cherry says Connor McDavid was hurt (injured) on purpose with video evidence. He says the league cannot prove it but hockey guys like him know what happened.
Next topic was a Bruins/Rangers trade 40 years ago.
Topic moved to the Dustin Byfuglien hit on Brendan Gallagher with Cherry saying Byfuglien could have killed Gallagher but he let up.
Then a few more topics including Veterans Day.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
TSN: What's the secret to gaining that trust from sources, to get that information that you're not supposed to be getting?
McKenzie: "There's no secret, really. Anyone who is a reporter knows the importance of building relationships with people. The longer you're around, then the more people tend to trust you. I feel like in some situations, people will tell you something and say, 'But I don't want that out there.' And if you don't put it out there, they will begin to trust you.
"Now, some newspaper people would argue that you've always got to put it out there. I would argue you've got to sacrifice small fish for big fish, so you can prove that you're trustworthy. Down the road, you're going to understand more and get more.
"But I think it's mostly a function of just being around for a long time and growing up in the business with people. A lot of people who became executives or general managers in the NHL are guys who we all grew up together in the game - scouts, ex-players and whatever else.
"The other thing is, it runs in fits and starts, that people like to talk hockey. They like to gossip, they like to see what's going on. It's human nature to say, 'Hey, this is going on here, or that's going on there,' and take it from there."
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