The Globe & Mail is all a-twitter about this latest evidence that no one in the USA cares about hockey nor ever will, so let’s move all the American teams to Halifax or Red Deer or St. Louis du Ha!Ha!. Well, okay, I took a bit of poetic license there, but I assume that’s what we’re supposed to take from the article.
I’m not generally happy with the level of non-coverage of hockey in much of the US media, but I find myself rather nonplussed by the news that regional papers in NHL cities which are not playing in the Finals don’t see fit to send their beat writers there. In the case of our local paper, they’ve been consistently running wire service stories about the Finals, even on non-game days. And the Game One story was on the front page of the Dispatch sports page, above the fold, yesterday morning. So I’m not feeling like they’re particularly neglecting the Finals.
And if they did send Arace or Portzline out there, what exactly are they going to produce that will give us that unique Columbus spin on the story? I mean, besides the 500th iteration of “ZOMG! Doug traded Beauchemin for Fedorov and Beauchemin is the bestest defenseman EVAR and Fedorov is teh suck!!!LOL!!!one!!1″?
Honestly, I’d much rather the beat writers stay around here providing us with updates and analysis on the CBJ GM search than jet off to Anaheim or Ottawa to tell us what we can already get from the national media (or if we’re so inclined, the Ottawa or Anaheim media, via the Internet). Heck, if we need to send them somewhere to cover some hockey games not directly involving the CBJ, why not some coverage of Dayton in the Kelly Cup (down 3-1 now, I’m sorry to report)?
But what do I know? After all, I’m American.