I have a passionate interest in not only who is calling games I watch…but who is analyzing them. I’ll even turn the sound down – or off – depending on the “dislike factor.”
This bit of info from Kukla’s Korner (a great resource for all things NHL)…Hockey analyst Pierre McGuire will be doing much more work in the U.S. come next season. Admittedly, a lot of it will be for the folks I still mockingly refer to as the Outdoor Life Network…but nonetheless I am happy Pierre decided to grow his brand below the border. Best off-season NHL move for me.
Meanwhile, here in Hockey Philadelphia the collective mind of Flyers fans are still reeling from the moving of centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter…as well as the massive contract awarded to the new savior of the franchise, goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
More on “Flyergeddon” here… (love that phrase). For me, the Richards trade was not a shock. The minute the locker room door opened after the Flyers elimination from this year’s Playoffs half the questions were about what would be done with the 3 goalies = 0 goalie scenario…and the other half was if Mike Richards would continue to be the Captain. Richards was reported to be a reluctant “C” at best and the media made such a huge deal about it he eventually, apparently became damaged goods both in and out of the locker room. Once the front office fell in love with the idea of acquiring a game-changing goalie (i.e. Boston’s Tim Thomas), they moved Carter as the most efficient way of clearing out dollars needed to seal Bryzgalov’s deal.
GM Paul Holmgren had the following to say after the dust settled…
Having been in this area my whole life, I hope that Ilya’s shoulders are broad enough for all of Broad Street…like it or not, he’s going to have to also be among the best of off-season NHL moves…as assessed by a rabid, vocal fan base…and a hungry, in-your-face media.