Monday, February 20, 2012
Habs get it right, NBC not so much
The Canadiens haven't done a lot to distinguish themselves on or off the ice this season, but they got it right last night with their pre-game tribute to the late Gary Carter, whose memory was honored in a ceremony befitting his stature as a Montreal sports icon. The same can't be said for the NBC Hockey Network, which was covering the game but skipped the Carter ceremony, presumably to show something they had already pre-packaged as part of their Hockey Day in America programming. That no one in a position of influence at NBC had the good judgement to call an audible under the circumstances speaks volumes about the people in positions of influence at NBC...Given his sketchy track record, nobody expected Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier to get as much as he got for Hal Gill. A second round draft choice was compensation enough for an almost-37 year old pending unrestricted free agent, but Gauthier was also able to squeeze a couple of prospects out of Nashville, including the grandson of Hall of Famer and Canadiens legend Boom Boom Geoffrion. The return probably speaks as much to how highly the Predators value Gill as they go all in for a Stanley Cup as it does to Gauthier's bargaining savvy...Meanwhile, the part of me that enjoys a good freak show can't wait until the Hamilton Bulldogs arrive in town for Friday's game at the Bell Center and American-born-and-raised Blake Geoffrion does his first English-only scrum for the Montreal hockey media. Le grand fils de Boom Boom seulement en anglais? C'est un scandale...And I'm happy for Canadian Archbishop Thomas Collins that he became a Cardinal over the weekend, but I really don't see him duplicating Albert Pujols' run production.