Ed Note: In my haste to steal borrow the Internet to post this, I mis-titled and mis-tagged it. Fixed
I rushed home to catch Conan last night, and I have to admit that in that last segment before Freebird, it was tough for me to watch.
As hockey fans, we are all the victims of NBC taste-making. They ARE the nationally televised game this time of year, and they only show us what they think we want to see. We tell ourselves that we live in a time of Center Ice and the independent thinking that goes with unlimited options, but at the end of the day, they made the call on the Winter Classic this year. They add to the prestige of selected stars in specific markets, which changes the free agent game and forces superstars to contemplate relocation to one of the 'chosen' cities. And so we let NBC tell us which crests are hallowed and which towns are hockey towns, niche markets and failing franchises.
Eighteen years ago, we let NBC tell us we weren't ready for Letterman at 11:30, that Leno was the more natural successor. And as a kid whose insomnia only occasionally crept into the Late Night time slot, I couldn't disagree that Letterman was different. And I'll admit, I haven't really watched him on CBS-- he seemed to change in competition with Jay --though I haven't really watched Jay either. I watched Conan. I followed a guy who didn't have the CV to be a broadcaster, who relied on improvised moments in recorded remotes and who found his success with little help from his bosses. He was a 'niche market' host on a 'failing franchise' for the first few years. He plugged away, earned his spot, won his Stanley Cup, if you will-- hell, he even negotiated its delivery. But in the end, NBC told him the masses still weren't ready for him at 11:30.
So here we are. Jay still hosts the Tonight Show, and NBC still talks about how good the Rangers are every Sunday.
Giguere says he'll say no to any trade. Newell Brown's working on some new power play sets, which also involve players like Getzlaf realizing they're not implementing his existing sets very well. The line rushes in yesterday's practice:
Matt Beleskey-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Bobby Ryan-Petteri Nokelainen-Dan Sexton
Todd Marchant-Kyle Chipchura-Troy Bodie
Evgeny Artyukhin-Ryan Carter-Mike Brown
Post any game info and lineup changes in the comments