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Play-by-Play Man Needed

02/15/2008 at 2:14pm EST

From the Canucks/Wild game last night, on Sportsnet Pacific:

JOHN GARRETT: Do you think Alexander Edler ever gets excited? I don’t think so.
JIM HUGHSON: No. Typical of the Swedish defensemen… I don’t think they get excited when they get a paycheque.

Speaking of Jim Hughson, I always had a feeling that CBC was a threat to Canucks fans. And so finally it comes to pass… bad things are on the horizon.

Now that his contracts with both Sportsnet and the CBC are expiring at the end of this season, Hughson has decided he has to abandon one job or the other:

“I’ve pretty much determined it will be Sportsnet or Hockey Night in Canada,” Hughson said this week. “But I can honestly tell you I don’t know which way it’s going.”

Hughson wants to end his heavy schedule of travelling. It involves calling Vancouver Canucks regional games during the week for Sportsnet and also a national telecast each Saturday for Hockey Night.

Choosing between Sportsnet and CBC, you’ve got to figure he’s likely to take Bob Cole’s gig at Hockey Night in Canada. And can you blame him? Well, no. But still… we can always blame the CBC. (bastards…)

So who lands in Hughson’s Canucks’ job with Sportsnet in such an event?

I have no idea. But whoever it is, I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief that Greg Millen doesn’t do play-by-play commentary.

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