He’s all yours, America
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports that TSN/NBC/VERSUS hockey analyst Pierre McGuire will be leaving TSN to focus the majority of his time on NBC/VERSUS in the United States. I don’t want to start shitting all over McGuire here, because I respect for his knowledge of the game – but one can only take so many ‘I’ll tell you why he’s a star in the league, it’s because he came up with the Kelowna Rockets’ anecdotal explanations as to why player X is a top tier talent.
According to Hickey, McGuire will continue to make radio appearances on the TSN family of stations and lend a hand to several other projects with the Canadian sports network. More from Hickey on McGuire:
Sam Flood, the executive producer of the NBC games and McGuire changed the way hockey games are covered by introducing the “inside the glass” format that saw the analyst move to ice level between the opposing benches. This allowed the network to bring fans a closer look at the action and opened the opportunity for interviews during the game.
McGuire’s high-energy style is polarizing. Fans either love him or hate him, but there’s no doubt that he knows the game and I appreciate him as the anti-Don Cherry for his pro-visor stance and his appreciation of the fact that most hockey fights are unnecessary. McGuire was born in New Jersey and grew up there and in Montreal. He played hockey at a Division III school in the U.S. and later played in Europe. He has his name on the Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992, had a brief head coaching stint with a very bad Hartford Whalers team and was in the Ottawa Senators’ head office before he began his broadcasting career.
In a weird way, we’ll probably miss old Pierre extolling the advantages of playing junior hockey in Prince Albert, Sault Ste. Marie, Rimouski, etc. Get ready for a whole lot more Chicken Parm between the benches, Canada.
Hulsizer pulls Coyotes bid
As reported by the Phoenix Business Journal, Matthew Hulsizer has pulled his bid for the Phoenix Coyotes. Hulsizer, the CEO of PEAK6 Investments, is reportedly still interested in owning an NHL team but will no longer pursue the Coyotes. So yeah, we’ll be hearing about this mess all summer once again. Kansas City, Quebec City, commence licking yer chops for a hockey team when ready.
D’Agostini scores career-high 21 goals, not qualified by Blues
Kent Wilson will have more on unqualified RFAs later today, but it’s worth mentioning the surprise of Matt D’Agostini getting snubbed by the St. Louis Blues. He shouldn’t have much trouble finding a deal somewhere if the Blues fail to re-sign him by Friday. The Blues DID extend qualifying offers to three RFAs on Monday, including T.J. Oshie.
A case for Washington re-signing Scott Hannan
With a focus on true defensive ability, and an eye on the post-season, Japers’ Rink makes a pretty good case for the Capitals to re-sign Scott Hannan.
Sabres may try to retain Connolly, McCormick
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier will reportedly speak with the agents for Tim Connolly and Cody McCormick in hopes of bringing both back into the fold for next season. The Sabres have several aging players headed for unrestricted free agency, but the aforementioned appear to be the only players the club is interested in retaining.
Dropkick Murphys taunt Vancouver fans at concert
Boston based punk band the Dropkick Murphys have been hitting Canadian stages with Queen’s “We Are The Champions” pumping over the loud speakers in a gesture to show their support for the Boston Bruins and to take the piss out of Canadian hockey fans, apparently. According to our good friends at Days of Y’Orr, the taunting went over much better in Calgary than it did in Vancouver. No word if concert goers responded by shouting “all your fans are jocks!”
Amstel Light would like to thank the Boston Bruins
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