For TSN.ca (in brief)
TSN's Bob McKenzie is one of the most knowledgeable hockey men there is. A former editor-in-chief of The Hockey News, McKenzie has great sources in the industry — note that he had the story on Doug MacLean's contract extension first — and very rarely is he off base in his analysis. Most of the time, in fact, he's right on.
The problem, however, that I often have with McKenzie is that I wish the network gave us more from him — more analysis, a deeper look at the issues, the presentation of ideas that aren't coming from anywhere else. All too often, his on-line columns on TSN.ca are too short and lacking in the requisite depth for their subject matter. As far as I can tell, they're also always lifted directly from what he says in on-screen bits.
Take last night's commentary on Jose Theodore. Now, if writing in one-sentence bursts is the way of the future, count me out. There are a ton of good tidbits in there, but they're only just barely developed.
Why's Theodore a shattered man right now? Why is this year different than the other slumps Theodore has endured? Has anything like this ever happened to other former standout goaltenders? And, if you're going to discount the equipment change, coaching issue and family problems, what else is there?
As for the two potential outcomes we're given near the end, McKenzie basically says Montreal will trade Theodore or they won't.
Maggie the monkey could deliver us commentary like that.
Now, I fully realize the limitations the medium of television has — and when McKenzie is opining in one-minute spots, the need to be brief is certainly there. But when one of the top hockey minds there is can only offer up such abbreviated material, even on the web, that's a real shame. (Is a Bob McKenzie blog too much to ask for?)
Of course, I mean no offence in saying any of this. I've met McKenzie briefly in the ACC press box, and he seems like a really great guy. And, if a fledgling like myself can even have a fraction of the success he's had covering hockey, I'll consider myself unbelievably fortunate.
Still, I'm sure McKenzie has much more to say on the subjects he speaks to. It's just too bad we never hear it.