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Top Hockey Panelists

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

...we present our favourite panelists, in no particular order.

Mike Milbury: Knows who he is. Articulates the argument that gets lost in Cherry’s act. Hockey’s a physical, dangerous game. How much of that do you want to take out? Had the grace to admit last season that he’d been wrong about head shots. An argument waiting to happen, i.e. great TV.

Aaron Ward: Still learning TV, he’s brought a sense of humour to what can be arcane stuff on the TSN panel. Doesn’t pander much, and as his former teammates leave the game, he may become even more honest. Doing the Bob Uecker self-deprecation works.

Elliotte Friedman: “What have you ever done?” is the quintessential hockey putdown. If you didn’t play, you can’t talk. But Friedman has emerged as perhaps the strongest and most thoughtful of us Philistine journalists who don’t draw an NHL pension.

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Replce Milbury with McKenzie and Ward with an empty chair and I’d agree.

Posted by Garth on 11/21/11 at 12:57 PM ET

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I actually think Ward has potential. Yeah, right now he talks too fast, and is his own worse enemy. But a little seasoning and he could be a good one.

I also like Darren Eliot in studio on Wings road games. He could be a natural.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/21/11 at 01:47 PM ET

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“I also like Darren Eliot in studio on Wings road games. He could be a natural.”


Yeah, naturally bad.  Here is some of his sparkling commentary from last night when he was talking over video of Datsyuk.  “There he is…(long pause)  he finds the open man…(as Datsyuk shoots the puck…long pause)  like he always does…(awkward long pause)  he makes the decisions… ”  I was waiting for a “and boom goes the dynamite!

Posted by wolverine on 11/21/11 at 04:25 PM ET

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I’m sure you were drunk

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/21/11 at 07:24 PM ET

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