Some hockey thoughts for you on a Sunday morning:
– I don’t think I need to watch NHL Tonight with the sound on. The highlights from the previous seasons on the NHL Network were simple: use the local broadcaster audio, and roll the tape back a bit more than your average ESPN highlight. The best part was that we got not only the goal, but also what led to the goal, something hockey fans want to see.
Instead, we get short clips that the talking heads don’t have enough time to banter over, which they have to yell to be heard over the squealing guitars that every sports highlight producer seems to think enhance the sports highlight watching experience. All in an effort to quickly get back to the talking heads. And the talking heads are doing a decent job when they aren’t trying to get a word in over a highlight, but I don’t tune in for them. I’m here for the hockey.
Were I able to take a screen shot of my TV, I would show you what GameCenter Live looks like on my Apple TV. I get the games, but I also get about five minutes of game recap for every game. Perfect for someone who isn’t making a living off being a hockey person, and has a job to attend to. Local broadcasters, more than just the goals, and a little extra time to digest the action. What more could I want? So NHL Network, take it down a notch. Until then, I’ll keep the mute on.
– Cam Fowler: I can’t decide if he is any good. Opinions?
– The Brad Stuart hit on Gabriel Landeskog. I didn’t like it. His elbow came up to the head and he wound up leaving his feet. Give Stuart a game or two and call it done.
– The Blackhawks are scary good. Their creativity shines though night after night. And to think Joel Quenneville was on the hot seat a week ago, whispers of a possible firing if the Blackhawks didn’t produce. Are they ever producing. This is what you get when good players are allowed to do what they do best in the offensive zone. OK, the Blue Jackets goal waved off in their 3-2 defeat by the Blackhawks was a load of crap, but it was the creativity when Chicago skated to the net that made the real difference. They have a lot of tools, and show no fear in using them.
– Alex Ovechkin has made a lot of threats. He might stay in Russia, he will go to the Olympics no matter what the NHL decides it’s participation is going to be. How about becoming a scoring threat again? No goals and one assist on the season, his steady decline is remarkable. You can’t blame three coaches in a row for this, it’s all on him. There is no reason he should be this far behind at this point. He played in Russia during the lockout, so his legs should be ready for this season. I wonder what is holding him back.
– PK Subban and Ryan O’Reilly: sign a contract already. Your stock is going down quickly. How much more time are you going to miss out there? I ask them directly because, of course, they read this blog.
– Rec League hockey is going well, when I can get there. I’ve missed a few games lately, thanks to work. I hate missing games so much, it makes me see paisley. That’s pretty mad. I have one goal, one assist, and one penalty on the season, which is more points than Alex Ovechkin. Just saying.