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NHL broadcaster Doc Ermrick Retires, Pittsburgh Penguins

Perhaps legendary hockey broadcaster Doc Emrick will now help his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates become relevant? He’ll have the time as Emrick is calling it a career. The Pittsburgh Penguins took the day off after delivering a new scapegoat to the masses. Joe Thornton explained why he chose the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he had some Western PA help. And the league is considering a bubble to begin the NHL 2020-21 season.

Seriously, Doc Emrick is retiring. He might be the best there ever was. Here’s the exclusive report (NY Post)

Never again will we hear such perfectly created words as “waffleboarded” and the excited “It won’t go!” Fare thee well, Doc. We’ll see you at a Pirates game…someday.

Jim Rutherford is a gambling man this offseason. Even before he inked Cody Ceci to a reclamation contract, he put the Pittsburgh Penguins chips on the table and bet big on down players. Will it go boom or bust? (PHN+)

Joe Thornton chose the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he had a bit of Western PA help. He called Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana (TSN)

From his press conference to GM Doug Wilson’s presser after losing Thornton, for full coverage of Jumbo Joe, check out San Jose Hockey Now. They were all over it.

A little aside — Pfizer released video of its COVID-19 vaccine beginning production. The company also said they might have found a cure (NY Post)

In the words of Jeff Bridges in Tucker, “Hold that Tiger!”

However, if we don’t yet have a coordinated vaccine that allows fans inside NHL arenas, the league has discussed beginning the 2020-21 NHL season inside bubbles, just like the playoffs. If they do, Colorado is a favorite. Adrian Dater got the scoop (Colorado Hockey Now)

The rest of the Sunday notes are for CHN+ subscribers, but the bubble part is free.

The Boston Bruins have chased some big names this offseason. However, they’ve come up empty. Jimmy Murphy writes–there’s one more big name to chase: Patrik Laine. Boston can redeem their offseason with a blockbuster (Boston Hockey Now)

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Frank
Frank
1 year ago

Maybe Ceci will crash and burn . .. maybe not. But I have to wonder how he feels when he sees the early reaction to his arrival. Too bad. But Pens fans love to hate on someone and Rutherford took all that “fun” for them away by dumping Johnson and letting Simon walk. It must have caused panic in Penguin land. For a while they thought they could pummel on Tanev, but he screwed that up with his play. Good luck Cody, you will need it.

Stephen Mazzella
Stephen Mazzella
1 year ago

If you think mike emerick invented the word waffleboard please close your laptop and find a McDonald’s that is hiring. It was uses years before. What did use was the idiotic term halfboard. Meaning that some where there should a fullboard. Back when we learn what a waffleboard was we call then The Boards which held up The Glass

Stephen Mazzella
Stephen Mazzella
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Sorry that facts hurt so much

redLitYogi
redLitYogi
1 year ago

so it turns out that if you fly on a packed plane and sit next to an infected person, you’d have to likely sit next to them for 54 hours to be likely to get infected. (Assuming said infected person keeps mask on and doesn’t spray cheeto fragments into your drink while he speaks.) The reason is that the airlines have nailed air filtration. So the question is why can’t an arena — or a bar or a restaurant — have the same filtration? The arena is a problem — you have 18,000 screaming fans and that’s obviously not good… Read more »

Tony
Tony
1 year ago

Your link to  (Colorado Hockey Now) directs to an NYPost article. Please update with the correct link.

Pete
Pete
1 year ago

Finally no more of the whiney voice of Emerick

donttreadonme
donttreadonme
11 months ago

Dan, I know you don’t like hearing this from your paying customers, but if there’s even a sniff of the legitimate possibility of a bubble to start the season, I am completely, wholeheartedly, irrevocably OUT. The NHL will be dead to me. Or, as my WPa Sons of Italy co-members prefer, the NHL will be morta. As a diehard Pirate/MLB fan I walked away from baseball in 1994, prophetically proclaiming that I would never return: the only MLB I have watched since then was several innings of a game on September 6, 1995. If the NHL intelligentsia are perverse and… Read more »

donttreadonme
donttreadonme
11 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Thanks for the reply, Dan.

Perhaps I have my own bubble of sorts as I would have bet that some significant portion of at least the fans would have the same perspective.

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