OK, so the TV schedule is out–and guess who’s NOT on it?
Personally, I don’t care. I’m sure that some Hurricanes fans somewhere are crying the butthurt fantastic, but honestly? We seem to do better when nobody is paying attention to us, so eff ‘em.
I mean, I’m just sayin’.
And the Hurricanes also agreed to terms on a 1-year contract with Stephane Yelle. I can live with it. He can’t score fer beans, but we need a fourth-line center. He’ll work fine for our purposes.
So this morning I pull up the N&O to see if Luke’s come back from hisÂ vacation with anything new.
OK, I can see Glen Wesley coming back. But Bret of the Gimpy Hip?Â WHY, for the love of Tyr, is he even mentioned?Â Dude needs to RETIRE.
As we no doubt have already heard, the Warchief skated with the Hurricanes who were picked for their respective national teams for the World Championships in Quebec City–he’ll be back in time for next season, which is a plus.
Also: Luke comments in Lord Stanley’s Blog about the kick-ass job Versus is doing covering the playoffs–and they are doing a very good job (but Brian Engblom has got to get a new hairdo–the mullet is starting to look rather like a headcrab). Normally I take shots at Versus for the way they cover the NHL, but they’re doing a good job this season.
Now, if only Versus was more widely carried and didn’t show the same 5 or 6 teams over and over again during the regular season….
Will wonders never cease.
A little bird passed me the following cute little vidbits a little bit ago–these are part of a program that Versus will be airing starting at 6:30 PM on 10/23 called “Sidney Crosby Revealed”…and like just about everything Versus does these days, it’s about their Golden Child, Sidankhamen:
“When he was a young man, he never thought he’d see people stand in line to see the Boy King!”
And, if you can’t get enough of Versus’ Favorite Honky:
I don’t have to work until 11 pm tomorrow night, so of course I’ll be watching (mostly because it keeps my husband from watching the Fox Propaganda Channel).
(Now, if they could just show more Ovechkin….)
So yesterday’s highlight–for me–was getting a text message telling me that Buffalo lost both their captains to free agency.
Well that and fending off Paco the Burrito Bandito’s latest attempt to clean out the store’s sandwich cooler without paying for anything. And trying not to fall asleep behind the wheel on the way home from work.
Now that I’ve had some sleep (and a chance to take a look at everything), I find myself laughing at the stupid money that’s being thrown around yet AGAIN this season. Tom Poti to the Crapitals for 3.5 bills per? Wow, thanks a lot for buggering the market for mid-to-low-end defensemen, GMGM. This time next year I’m sure somebody will be able to sign Marek Malik for 6Million per (and as much as I adore the cat, he’s no 6 Million Dollar Man). And now they’re thinking of signing Alexei Yashin? What? This is a joke, right?
And the Rangers, of course, are reverting back to their old ways by throwing idiotic money at every free agent that they think they can get their hands on. The more things change….
The ‘Canes, meanwhile, are content to hang back and let the dust clear–their only signing being Yet Another Midget. I am okay with this, since he should help us on shootouts, but of course half the folks at TheScoreBoards and the Hurricanes’ official site are whining and crying over the signing. Yeah, maybe we should have offered Scott Gomez $12Million per year for the next five years or something–that would have made a lot of sense, huh?
As for that Pitkanen trade that was blowing around the ‘Canes boards for a while….huh. Turns out Cooch went to Edmonton after all–and Philly, IMO, went almost as stupid as the Caps and Rangers.
(We interrupt this post for an important announcement: CONGRATULATIONS, TSN, ON SCHEDULING ONLY A SHORT DAY OF COVERAGE OF UFA DAY 1 TO SHOW NASCAR.** After that and Sportsnet getting the NHL to shove back the start time of a Leafs-Canes game so they could show a race in Toronto, I don’t ever EVER want to hear another NASCAR crack from anyone north of 49 again. EVER. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled thread, already in progress.)
Briere for 8 years at 6.5Million per? 10Million per for Timonen and 5.2Million per for Hartnell? Homer, have you fallen off the wagon again? Was Bobby the Brainless in the room with you holding a gun to your dog’s head or something, to make you sign those completely asinine deals? Seriously mang, I’m worried about you.
I dunno, kids–I don’t think anyone was smart with their signings yesterday. The smart folks, IMO, are the Carolinas and Ottawas and Tampas that are hanging back and letting the “big spenders” get themselves in cap trouble so that they can capitalize later.
The more things change….
**: This very belated edit is to amend a misunderstanding on my part–TSN only scheduled 3 hours of coverage to show Neckcar. Apparently that’s supposed to make it still OK for Canadians to crack Neckcar jokes about hockey teams south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but this blogger ain’t havin’ it.
When I blasted the NHL’s decision to go with OLN/Versus for their NHL coverage, I had so many people telling me that I should just be happy hockey is on TV.
Those same people are now bitching because Versus has, once again, bollocksed up coverage and is apparently not willing to do anything about other than show the program at 11 instead of 7:00 as originally scheduled.
I bet Ed Snider’s really proud of his pet network right now. I know I would be.
Had a chance to look at the TV schedule yesterday, after I got home from work. Nice to see that the Champs will actually be on national TV on Opening Night (but that’s only because they didn’t beat the Favored of Comcast on their march to the title)….but since they’re a small-market team, they still get skroobed.
Here’s the breakdown of OLN’s schedule, courtesy of a poster on the scout.com ‘Canes board:
Los Angeles 2
New Jersey 6
San Jose 6
St. Louis 3
Tampa Bay 2
Wow–even the Leafs get the shaft this year. I guess they gave San Jose and Buffalo more games so that they can say “Hey look, we’re paying attention to the smaller markets”, but overall OLN pays little if any attention to any team that isn’t in a Northern US market (and the Islanders). It’s the same small handful of teams getting the lion’s share of the games, with two additions (SJ and Buffalo), and everyone else (including the Canadian teams) gets told to step off.
And NBC? Not much better (schedule breakdown courtesy of the same poster).
Los Angeles 2
New Jersey 3
San Jose 2
St. Louis 2
Tampa Bay 1
Gee, that looks kinda familiar. Boston, Dallas, Detroit, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, and Sidney Crosby get the bulk of the games. And who gets hosed? The little guys and the Canadians, as usual.
I am willing to give OLN and NBC the benefit of the doubt regarding the Canadian teams–there might be some rights issues with Rogers Sportsnet, the Ceeb, and RDS that are preventing the Canadian teams from being shown on US networks.Â I can understand that the NHL wants “marketable” teams getting the bulk of the schedule–but since when the Hel did Boston have anyone “marketable”?
The more things change….