Okay, Well, This is Just Embarrassing

Washington Post Capitals beat writer Tarik El-Bashir is one of the better combos of beat reporter/blogger around the league.  His Capitals Insider is a must-read for anyone with even a morbid curiosity about Ovie and the gang.  

Today, he reported this, more press box related news, that landed on my radar.  I had to post it as soon as I saw it:

*Ovechkin’s goal capped a weird day on Long Island. First, a blizzard materialized out of nowhere (it’s still snowing, I’m told). Then Capitals did not have a net for the first few minutes of warm-ups because of some sort of a mix up. And then there were no replays in the press box – because Nassau Coliseum doesn’t get Versus. Go figure.

Some things just make us sigh.  This makes us beyond sigh.

Anyway, that brings us to some recommended listening.  Check out our buddies Dave Pagnotta and Greg Wyshynski talk about ESPN’s possible return to the NHL on yesterday’s “TFP Today” which, regardless of who’s hosting – be it Francis Anzalone, Pagnotta or Dennis Bernstein – has proved an entertaining listen day in and day out.  Enjoy.


Okay, Let’s Talk About This Like Adults: With Melrose, Barnaby and Others, ESPN Could Probably Take NHL Rights This Second

“Okay, Let’s Talk About This Like Adults” is a new, semi-regular feature (Which really should be the trigger words of the “Puck the Media Drinking Game”) in which we talk about actual factual serious issues concerning the NHL in the media.  Like what we really promised this blog would be about from the start, before it essentially became pictures of Lindsay Soto and Conan O’Brien.  We even stop using the royal “We” for a post.

Listen folks, I’m not interested in returning to ESPN.  I’ve stated this so many times before, that I won’t even waste my time linking you to all those occasions.  Okay… maybe just once.  But I have noticed something, as ESPN made it’s rehire of analyst Barry Melrose this week.  It’s that, looking over everything, ESPN could probably put together a decent hockey production right here, right now.  If we gave them both the VERSUS and NBC packages (as I’ve speculated previously), here’s what ESPN’s NHL coverage would look like.

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Breaking News: Barry Melrose is Going Back to ESPN

Thanks to Sean Leahy at Going Five Hole for directing us towards this story from Barry Horn at the Dallas Morning News Sports Media Blog.

Who knew we’d turn into hockey central today?

Looks like Barry Melrose, fired after 16 games in his return to coaching this season, is moving back to Bristol. I think this is breaking news. I don’t know because I seldom recognize it.

Melrose worked 12 years as an ESPN hockey analyst after coaching the Los Angeles Kings. The Tampa Bay Lightning thought so much of his work, it hired him to coach the team this season. That gig lasted about one-fifth of a season. Melrose’s new ESPN deal is for three years.

Does this mean the return of “Eh or Neigh?”  More thoughts on this tomorrow.

Hotstove: ESPN Wants in, NBC Offer on the Table

This is just a breaking story, after watching Hockey Night Hotstove on CBC.  Al Strachan made the note that both the NHL and ESPN want back in bed with each other.

Okay, we’ve heard that a million times.  But there seemed to be some speculation as to whether it’d come at the expense of VERSUS or NBC.  Mike Milbury claims there’s a 1-year offer on the table for the NHL to decide on, while Scott Morrisonn seemed to think NBC wanted nothing to do with the league, but Strachan – and obviously Milbury – refuted that claim.

Once I can get a YouTube video to embed here, I’ll post it.  Just interesting food for thought from the Hotstove gang.