More fodder for hatred of the East

Jean Lefebvre
August 19 2009 04:53PM

Hockey on the tube

Western Canadian hockey fans, commence grumbling. There's really nothing all that surprising about the TSN broadcast schedule released Wednesday but for those who enjoy complaining about Eastern bias and taking potshots at the so-called Centre of the Universe, you've been well served.

The Flames, Oilers and Canucks will all make 11 appearances on either TSN or TSN2 -- one pre-season tilt plus 10 regular-season matchups. The Ottawa Senators also get the exact same exposure.

The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, will be on the air 19 times -- two tune-ups and 17 regular-season games. Perhaps TSN will be able to coax Brian Burke out of his shell to make an appearance during at least one of those broadcasts.

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Gillis Has a Full Well, But is the Water Any Good?

Cam Davie
August 19 2009 12:48PM

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Mike Gillis has undoubtedly put his stamp on this team, from the ground up.

I was trying to think of a comparison of Gillis's work with the Canucks, since he took over last spring.

I thought of a water well. Mike Gillis has dug a deep well for this club, full of water. The problem is.. how good is the water in that well?

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Olympic fatigue: fact or myth

Jean Lefebvre
August 16 2009 01:24PM

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Flames general manager Darryl Sutter recently expressed mild concern about the potential dire consequences of having six of his players in contention for roster spots at the 2010 Olympics. He’s especially worried about the possibility of having one of his high-priced Canadian warriors – Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr, Dion Phaneuf and Jay Bouwmeester – go down during the upcoming summer camp, which will be held at the building formerly known as the Olympic Saddledome.

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Report: Mark Messier Interviewed for Oilers' Head Coaching Job

Jonathan Willis
August 16 2009 10:24AM

The Post has learned that coach Tom Renney approached Messier last season about the possibility of working with the coaching staff this season. It also has been learned that Messier interviewed this summer for the vacant coaching position in Edmonton that ultimately went to Pat Quinn (with Renney as his associate).

- Larry Brooks, New York Post

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Toss-Up - Zherdev or Markov

Cam Davie
August 13 2009 11:42PM

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The Canucks' trade rumour mill is starting to turn again.

I suspect that this is mostly because Canucks fans are so damn bored that they want to hear about ANYTHING, so rumours start flying fast.

The two names that I have heard as possible targets for the Canucks are Nikolai Zherdev (ex NYR) and Andrei Markov (MTL).

So who would you rather see in a Canucks uniform in October?

Here's what I think.

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