-Doc Emerick is the anti-Joe Buck. As much as I love Mike Lange, Doc is my favorite announcer in all of sports.
-Zach Parise and Patrick Kane are great players. Not to take anything away from the Devils, but if Parise plays anywhere else with an offensive minded system, he’ll win an MVP award. Kane is going to be a superstar playing with Toews. The Blackhawks are the Penguins 2.0.
-Hockey never fails to deliver. It still baffles me to think that the sport hasn’t caught on in America. The Stanley Cup playoffs are the most exciting event in all sports. The intensity of the gold medal game matches the intensity of the playoffs.
-Sidney Crosby has accomplished everything you can possibly accomplish in hockey at the age of 22. He’s been the MVP, the Stanley Cup, won a scoring title, and scored the game winning goal in the gold medal game in the Olympics. He is without a doubt the best player in hockey. You can’t tell me that Ovechkin is a better player. He’s not. The only question now is whether Crosby will be the best hockey player of all time.
-Why is Jeremy Roenick not on TV more often? Get rid of Mike Milbury and Pierre Maguire on NBC. Milbury want to be the heir to Don Cherry’s xenophobic homer caveman throne. Maguire is constantly wrong with his analysis. Roenick is charismatic and immensely likable. Put the guy on TV.
-Ryan Miller played out of his mind during the Olympics. It’s no surprise to any Sabres fans, but it’s nice to see America with a shut down goalie in net.
-People like to point out that there was no fighting in the Olympics and the level of play benefited because of it. I agree that it did help the flow of the game, but it wouldn’t work in the NHL. The Olympics is a small sample size. The NHL season is 82 games. There are 30 teams in the NHL, with 12 forwards and 6 defensemen. Olympic teams are made up of all-stars, while NHL teams have grinders and checking lines. The skill level is drastically different in a USA-Canada game and a Lighting-Coyotes game. We’re talking apples and oranges here. Fighting is necessary in NHL games, but not in the Olympics.
-Can’t wait to see the ratings numbers for the gold medal game. Time to give hockey it’s due.