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)