Hockey Night in Canada - McLean is out!!

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  1. Peter Overduin

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    I support a tax-funded broadcaster in Canada for three reasons: 1. Ron Maclean. 2. Don Cherry. 3. Hockey Night in Canada. The first is gone.
    http://cbc.ca/storyview/MSN/2002/09/30/maclean020930
    I have little doubt that with Maclean gone, Cherry will follow. I hope other networks carry the Hockey Night in Canada show and then we can rid ourselves of the CBC. This is BS!
     
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    Holy, that's somewhat of a shock. I've be VERY surprised if Don Cherry is dropped as well, since he's one of the most recognizable people in Canadian hockey, not too mention his views on hockey are great.
     
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    Cherry just signed a $700,000 a year deal last summer
    maclean was offered $400,000 and wanted around $600,000.
    I hope CBC comes to their senses
     
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    sorry, to hear.
    I got the benefirs of your tax Dollars while living in Toledo.I wish I could pick it up in California!
    USA TV cripples hockey to say the least
     
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    Holy Crap!!

    Saturday night's will never be the same. We'll never again see that puzzling look on Cherry's face as he tries to make sense out of MacLean's segment-ending pun.

    Jon
     
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    Who are they going to get to replace him, Ralph Benmurgui???

    Geez, as far as I'm concerned, Ron IS HNIC. Although, maybe it is time for Scott Russell to take over the reigns.
     
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    If only we could rid ourselves of the "time and space" announcers (I think that's mainly Rhudy, but...). Who the hell started that anyway? It plagued all of last season.

    I just hope McLean's replacement doesn't suck, eh.
     
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    To me, Don Cherry will not be nearly as entertaining without Ron McLean's presence. McLean was the perfect straight man for Cherry. His facial expressions during one of Cherry's rants were priceless!

    If CBC thinks Don Cherry can carry HNiC on his own or with a second tier talking head they are sorely mistaken. Cherry is good in small doses, McLean was simply GOOD.

    Anyone think a letter writing campaign will help CBC realize the error of their ways?
     
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    Please god just don't let them replace him with Steve Armitage.......
     
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    "Ralph Benmurgui???" [​IMG]
    Hey it seems that Don is the one to push Ron out. I'm sure they have a cap, but I'd never have guessed that Ron got $400gs WOW!
    Brent
     
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    $400,000 Canadian....isn't that about $29.65 US now?
    It was always about $1 to $1 when I lived by the border
     
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    It has been an open secret for years that many of the cultural elite at CBC don't like HNIC; and like the Cherry/Maclean duo even less. These are same left-wing wackos that drvie the political agenda in regards to the CRTC; under the guise of protecting Canadian culture. Hockey, and all that the sport implies is seen by some in high places as consuming too much of the CBC's reduced resources and there are those among the CBC brass that would like to see it gone.

    Reading between the lines, this sounds like an opening salvo. Dumping Cherry would certainly have evoked an overwhelming response from the Canadian public. Maclean will prompt an outcry no doubt, but perhaps one the CBC can handle.

    What the CBC fails to understand is that HNIC is perhaps the only program of merit the CBC has outside of the National with Peter Mansbridge. Public support for the CBC will erode even further if HNIC is imperiled. If baseball is America's past-time, hockey is Canada's obsession. HNIC is the one single insitution and cultural icon that gives that obsession a face. Maclean is its greatest ambassador.

    Perhaps its a good thing that Cherry has such a huge ego that he would not likely quit. He loves to listen to himself and knows how to play to the audience. But without Maclean he is a lesser showman, to be sure. Perhaps that is what the CBC is hoping for.
     
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    I saw a documentery on the CBC(??) tower and it only gained favor in Canada when they said the TV antenna would give better hockey reception
     
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    Well, since there was big public outcry with over 3500 emails and 400 phone calls and even the main sponsor, Labatt's, complaining about his departure, the two sides are getting back together today.

    Pat
     

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