MONTREAL — Last Friday, The Gazette launched a new feature on hockeyinsideout. com: the Hockey Inside/Out talk show.
The 25-minute videotaped web show focused on the latest news surrounding the Canadiens. Joining me on the first show was Gazette sports columnist/feature writer Dave Stubbs and former Hab Chris (Knuckles) Nilan.
Among the topics we touched on were:
Can this Canadiens team make the playoffs and contend for a Stanley Cup?
Nilan recalled Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin as an on-ice opponent in the NHL and commented, along with Stubbs, on how Bergevin has quickly changed the culture of the Canadiens.
How much of a surprise has Michel Therrien been behind the bench in his Montreal comeback?
Can Brendan Gallagher survive in the NHL combining his feisty style with his small stature?
Who was the toughest small player Nilan played with or against?
Would Nilan have liked having P.K. Subban as a teammate?
Is Brandon Prust the Canadiens’ early season MVP?
Nilan also told a touching story about his 1986 Canadiens Stanley Cup ring, about how he ended up with No. 30, and he insisted that he never received a tap on the shoulder from a coach to go on the ice and drop the gloves during a game. “Knuckles,” who knew his role with the Canadiens, also says what he would have done to any coach who would have dared given him the tap.
If you haven’t watched the show yet, it’s available at hockeyinsideout.com/show. A second show will be ready near the end of March.
Here are some comments about the first show from the HIO site:
The Chicoutimi Cucumber says: Hey, that was terrific! Great to hear Knuckles commenting on today’s issues. I think the format of having a media commentator/journalist and an articulate retired player (or coach, manager, or other ex-Hab) should yield many interesting episodes. We don’t hear enough extended discussion with the guys who actually fought the wars. And don’t worry about making it too slick. The slightly unpolished intimacy is part of the charm, perfect for the Internet, the ‘amateur’ nature of which is a big aspect of its appeal. I look forward to future entries.
Occidental Hab says: Really enjoyed the first show. Great hearing that New England drawl. I’m hoping you can present some real insider stuff that we can’t get other places. Looking forward to upcoming episodes.
knucklesnilan says: As you can tell by my handle, Chris Nilan is one of my all time fav. Habs. Chris you are the definition of class and perseverance. Any younger Habs fans ask anyone over 30 about what Chris meant to Montreal. Go Habs Go!!
SUMO says: Nilan’s story about Serge Savard actually choked me up. Hard to believe the Habs had a gentleman of the calibre of Savard as a GM then dropped to a (jerk) like Gauthier who wanted to charge Cammalleri a fee for when he wanted to keep his final jersey. Unreal.
twokaie1 says: What a refreshing show gentlemen. Please keep up the interesting conversations and views as this is probably the closest thing to an honest review that I have seen in a while. I’m tired of all the “canned” answers I hear all the time. Congrats to all involved in this show.
J.T. says: Nice job, guys. The content was fun and entertaining. I particularly enjoyed Nilan’s memories and insights from his days on the ice with the team. If I were to offer any criticism, it would be the positions in which the three of you were sitting. It feels and looks awkward to have all three facing the camera. If Stu’s moderating, he should, perhaps, sit on the end, on an angle that allows him to look both at the panellists and the camera. That kind of arrangement looks a little more natural and conversational. Also, Stu has to stop touching the panellists! Other than that, I think it’s a great, fun feature, and an upgrade on the old Puckcasts you were doing. With Dave’s list of Habs-related contacts, this could get really interesting!
Habitant in Surrey says: yup, Stu’s gotta learn to keep his hands to himself … if he was as touchy-feely at Wanda’s He would get himself in a bit of trouble.
Habfan10912 says: Everyone was comfortable just sitting around talking hockey with no big egos looking to one up each other. I remember HNIC “Hot Stove Report” use to resemble this. Dave Stubbs always impresses me with his intelligence and Knuckles may be the only guy with a Boston accent that I like. Thanks for doing this and I hope it becomes a part of a regular feature here at HIO for a long time.
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