Good moves at Hockey Night in Canada
That was quite a favour the NHL players' association did for hockey fans. Following the recent palace coup that sent Paul Kelly to the unemployment line, Glenn Healy decided to clean out his desk at NHLPA headquarters.
That meant Healy was available to restart his broadcasting career and Hockey Night In Canada wasted no time grabbing him. It's a return home for Healy, who started at CBC and looked like he was being groomed for bigger things when he jumped to TSN. Apparently, CBC wanted him to work exclusively for them, though wasn't willing to pay exclusive wages.
Healy will Pierre McGuire the games -- analyze from between the benches -- and no doubt add much-needed life to the Hotstove show. Healy's a natural: witty, opinionated and entertaining. When Don Cherry finally hangs up his flowered jackets, don't be surprised to see Healy take his place, without the jackets and fight highlights.
CBC has made some good changes to Hockey Night In Canada. Kevin Weekes has been added as an analyst for western games. I have no idea what kind of analyst he is, but he certainly is one of the more articulate players in the game. The fact that he's not the usual -- white male -- is a good move.
The addition of Guy Carbonneau to work as an analyst on Montreal Canadiens games is interesting, considering the Habs' axe wounds are still visible on Carbonneau's back. Carbonneau could be good, assuming he's abandoned dreams of coaching again.
The problem with unemployed coaches and GMs is that they usually avoid anything controversial for fear of scuttling future employment prospects. That's the same challenge that faces TSN's new analyst, Craig MacTavish.
MORE CHANGES: Paul Graham, formerly of HNIC and Raptors' broadcasts, is the new head of live production at TSN. He replaces Jim Marshall. ... If you enjoy watching traffic accidents, you should tune in Monday night (11:30) for The Score's latest show. It's Drafted: The Search for Canada's Next Sportscaster. It's one of those reality things with contestants vying for a real broadcasting job. Interesting way of recruiting, no?