Monday, July 21, 2008

HNIC adds Milbury

CBC’S Hockey Night in Canada announced today that former NHL player, head coach and general manager Mike Milbury will join its broadcast team as an analyst and a regular on The Hot Stove — the popular second intermission feature during Game One of CBC’s traditional Saturday night doubleheaders — for the 2008-09 season.

“We're very pleased to welcome Mike to our talented broadcast team,” said Sherali Najak, executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada. “His experience as an NHL player and executive is reflected in an entertaining on-air style. We look forward to his honest opinions and knowledge on what's happening around the NHL on a weekly basis.”
>> press release
The Hot Stove feature continues to undergo a makeover under Najak, and I can't say I agree with where it's going.

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At 3:23 p.m., July 21, 2008, Anonymous snafu said...

Good grief. I even can't get all the HNIC games, but do go to the web to see the Hotstove segment. That's not going to be a priority with this kind of lineup. I personally long for the days of the Satellite Hotstove when they had Duhatschek, Davidson, Morrison and some of the other guest appearances. :(

At 3:24 p.m., July 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milbury's lack of success as player, coach and GM with zero Stanley Cup Rings to his credit fits right into the Hockey Night in Toronto mantra.

At 3:28 p.m., July 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 4:04 p.m., July 21, 2008, Blogger jfl1066 said...

well, i guess i won't be getting the hockey package this year. he is a dope.

At 4:27 p.m., July 21, 2008, Blogger Doogie2K said...

I find it ironic that as American broadcasts look to HNIC for cues to improve their productions, HNIC decides to "Americanize" their broadcasts with ridiculous, unintelligent bombast.

At 4:28 p.m., July 21, 2008, Blogger Going Five Hole said...

can't we have 8 more minutes of Don Cherry to replace Milbury?

At 5:15 p.m., July 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it ironic that as American broadcasts look to HNIC for cues to improve their productions, HNIC decides to "Americanize" their broadcasts with ridiculous, unintelligent bombast.

If I wanted that I'd watch ESPN, for Pete's sake.

At 5:51 p.m., July 21, 2008, Anonymous Jane said...

Why would I want to know what the guy on the wrong end of some of the most lopsided trades in NHL history thinks? I'd say he fits right in with "Hockey Scores", but at least that was entertaining.

Does anyone not named Chris Zelkovich actually think he did a good job?

At 6:25 p.m., July 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Milbury is really good considering what kind of experience he has on TV.

He's already pretty smooth on his delivery and doesn't look like a deer in the headlights.

Remember Kypreos when he started? How about Domi? OMG!

And that moron Greg Millen who has been on TV something like 15 years and is still horrible.

Actually I think that when Donald retires, dies or gets fired Mad Mike will be in Coach's Corner.

Only problem I have is his nationality. Nothing against Americans but HNIC is such an institution and hockey is Canada's game.

Other way it wouldn't be a problem because Americans respect talent and that's one reason why they're so far ahead in show business.

Btw, remember even hockey and HNIC is show business. Please, don't kill me saying that. I'll deal with hockey god myself.

At 8:00 p.m., July 21, 2008, Anonymous Slater said...

I don't really know what Milbury is like on-air, so I'll withhold my judgement. I've seen bits and pieces of him and he didn't make me yell at my TV (like, say, PJ Stock does).

The quality of HNIC took a nosedive last season, lead by the unfathomable changes to what used to be a real gem, Satellite Hotstove. What was most troubling was their apparent willingness to put very raw, unfinished ideas (and people) on the air without much thought or polish.

Either the producers are incompetent, or there's a significant push to cut costs which is directly affecting the quality of the show. I'll assume it's the latter, in which case isn't that an extremely risky and irresponsible thing to do with your "cash cow" flagship television show? HNIC can only survive on tradition alone for so long, and, oops, the old theme song has been lost, too. Are the changes of the last year an indication of more serious problems with the show and the network, or did they just have a *really* bad year?

I hope they turn it around this season.

At 8:38 p.m., July 21, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

They brought in a new producer — this piece from The Globe covers it pretty well.

At 10:22 p.m., July 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Najak is not just putting his stamp on HNIC, he's stamping it out. Then again if they let the inevitable Milbury vs Al Strachan smackdown develop every Saturday night, that might be worth watching.

At 1:17 p.m., July 22, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1)Doogie: How can one say that HNIC is going to Americanize" their broadcasts with ridiculous, unintelligent bombast when they are the ones who have promoted Don Cherry the past generation?
2) It would seem that ridiculous, unintelligent bombast is either a Canadian invention or more likely neither country has the corner stone on inane, bombastic announcers?

At 2:05 a.m., July 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never missed the old Hotstove. Mostly because Eric Duhatschek is the most reliably plugged in hockey reporter in the business.

The new Hotstove strikes me as an in-studio Toronto-centric circle-jerk. I swear they discussed the Leafs' chances of landing Fabio Broomstick at least 8 weeks in a row. Must-Miss TV.

At 3:44 p.m., July 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who else was on the hot stove this year with stachan?


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