HNIC Should Be Embarrased!

There was a time and a place where hockey night in Canada was the undisputed heavyweight in hockey broadcasts, but after watching tonight Toronto Maple Leafs v Florida Panthers game, man have times changed ant not for the better!

Let’s start with the audio. If they didn’t show Bob Cole and Greg Millen (with the guy from Cheers named Paul on the computer)in the booth, I would have bet they were in someones basement doing the play by play via a string and tin can.

As much as I love Bob Cole he was brutal tonight. He totally butchered the English language all night. As for Millen, will someone tell him that the guy who played in net tonight for the leafs name is not Gooose tuvsson. Similarly, his analysis was brutal. His classification of the last goal as a big turnover by Tyler Bozak was just plain wrong. He also slammed Gunnerson (whom he calls Goonerson) for leaving the zone. The leafs were losing and time was running out, the ex goalie needs to stop defending the “union” as goalies do at times do make mistakes.

The hot stove used to be one of my favorite segmeta was weak at best. Besides a shot at Bruce Garrioch it was a total waste of time. The first part rehashing the Canucks vs Ron maclean wasn’t the least bit interesting. I miss John davidson on those segments and god please make mike milbury a Gm again soon, the leafs need him to be running a team.

Tonights game was hockey at it’s worst, and that had nothing to do with Maple Leafs losing. It was dull, boring and painful, as someone said on Twitter, a return to hockey in the mid 90’s it’s no wonder no one goes to games in the south!

Meanwhile, HNIC has a lot of work to do, tonights broadcast was as bad if not worse than the game itself.


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January 24, 2010 7:30 am

The audio may have been the rink – not HNIC. But I agree with yor comments about Cole and Millen. I know its not popular to say but – Bob’s time has come and gone…too many mistakes – he’s just not sharp any more. What a dull game…The Leafs may have had 39 shots but I’ll bet they only had 5 quality ones…You need to be physical against a team that plays the trap – nobody was interested…have the boys given up?

January 24, 2010 10:17 am

The Panthers don’t have much for quality equipment at their rink. HNIC brought the HD cameras but may have been using some of Florida’s audio. When their games are on Centre Ice they look and sound like they were filmed in the 70’s. I can’t say much about their commentating because I only watched about 15 minutes of the game. Washington/Phoenix was on Centre Ice so I wasn’t about to waste my time with a couple of the worst teams in the league when there’s a good matchup on.

But I did see the replay of that goal and it was an absolutely brutal turnover by Bozak that turned into a 2 on 1 going the other way. You can’t cough the puck up like that at centre ice when your team is starting a rush. Even worse when the defence is pinching up. And the defence shouldn’t have been pinching up like that midway through the 3rd when you are only down by one goal. Maybe in the last 90 seconds, but not with that much time left. It was more Bozak’s horrible play than the fault of the D because you expect that puck is going to end up deep in the other zone, not coming back. If that’s the play that you think HNIC was wrong on, you could make use of this wonderful thing called the internet and watch the replay of the turnover and goal. I didn’t hear the commentating on the goal but from what you’ve described it sounds dead on. I don’t know how a blatant turnover at centre ice which results in a 2 on 1 and a goal to double Florida’s lead midway through the 3rd isn’t a big turnover. Sort of a ‘going to cost you the game’ type of turnover.

January 24, 2010 12:22 pm

I am in total agreement with you on this. TOTAL. It was like watching cable access television; I kept waiting for Wayne and Garth tell me to Party On.

Obviously, production values are an afterthought at HNIC, since they are going to get their 1m viewers whenever they show the Leafs. But you’re right, this was just insultive.

I’m big on people being the right fit for their jobs, and Cole should simply not be calling games at the NHL level. If he finds this offensive, I find his taxpayer-subsidized salary offensive, so we’re even.

Millen…don’t get me started. Millen is the Roger Lajoie of hockey broadcasts, doling out absolute statement after absolute statement. Every friggin thing is “no doubt about it” and “you couldn’t be more right.” Someone needs to remind these guys that they aren’t in church, and I ain’t no congregation. Give me Harry Neale or even Craig Simpson, who can be fuzzy at times but at least isn’t telling me HOW TO LIVE. I just want hockey commentary. Is that too much to ask?

And speaking of this whole thing…when is the CBC going to just dump the Leafs from National Broadcasts? Or are they doing that already? I caught some of the Habs/Rangers game and though I can’t stand either team, it at least looked like a hockey game.

Bobcat Idol
January 25, 2010 9:17 am

Personally, I think HNIC and the leafs can continue to enjoy each other. Just remember, come playoff time when the ratings are absolute crap when the Sens are on, that HNIC has no one to blame but themselves for not exposing the rest of the country to the Sens.

Leafs/Panthers? You simply have to be joking. But alas, we’re not.

January 25, 2010 3:52 pm

With the Leafs’ place in the standings, why in heaven’s name does the CBC even waste the time, effort and money to cover a Leafs game in Florida? Just carry the Habs and/or Ottawa, whoever’s at home.

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