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TSN & Ray Ferrari @World Juniors

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TSN & Ray Ferrari @World Juniors

Sitting here enjoying a very intense Canada/Russia game, but damn, will Ray Ferraro just STFU. The guy just goes on and on every time there's a break or the action slows down. Does he get paid by the number of words that come out of his yap?
Thank god for the mute button.
Is anyone else being irritated by this guy?

By the way, am I the only one watching this tournament?
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I don't mind him. I do wish TSN would show the shot counters underneath the score like Sportsnet does.
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i dont mind him as well...

most of the time, voices of commentators are just white noise to me
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Definitely watching this tournament... AND - Ray Ferraro = ALL GOOD in My Books... BIG SMILES... /G
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poleman wrote:
Dec 31st, 2018 9:38 pm
Sitting here enjoying a very intense Canada/Russia game, but damn, will Ray Ferraro just STFU. The guy just goes on and on every time there's a break or the action slows down. Does he get paid by the number of words that come out of his yap?
Thank god for the mute button.
Is anyone else being irritated by this guy?

By the way, am I the only one watching this tournament?
He can be annoying. Sometimes it sounds as if he's reading a children's book - he's way too descriptive and should just let the picture do all the talking.
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Definitely watching this tournament... AND - Ray Ferraro = ALL GOOD in My Books... BIG SMILES... /G
I usually enjoy his commentary, informative and knowledgeable. But he never shut up during this game. No such thing as dead air.
Often a play was heating up and he was still throwing out stats.

Anyways, I'll tolerate him do long as Canada picks up it's game. Nothing better than playing for your country.
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I have always hated his commentary. At every single break in the action he feels the need to blab away, offering limited (at best) value to the broadcast. He is the absolute worst. Can't stand him. He may be very knowledgeable about hockey in *some respects*, it is his delivery/voice that I equate to fingernails down a chalkboard.

I generally hate watching hockey on TSN in general, as the broadcasters are far superior on every other network.
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I like Ray as well, he's one of the best colour commentators. He's got a great eye for the game and I enjoy his attention to detail.
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iamskyhigh wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2019 8:54 am
What a disappointment.
The outcome, yes a terrible disappointment but the game was great tho. Canada is no longer a top contender as the rest of the world benefits from copy pasta. Great to see other countries getting good. So many years of Canada/Sweden/Russia/USA...
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Jan 3rd, 2019 12:52 pm
The outcome, yes a terrible disappointment but the game was great tho. Canada is no longer a top contender as the rest of the world benefits from copy pasta. Great to see other countries getting good. So many years of Canada/Sweden/Russia/USA...
That was a great game to watch. Too bad for the broken stick at the end.

I think declaring that Canada is no longer a top contender is way too premature. Canada won gold last year and silver the year before, and gold in four years ago. This year, we just didn't have the elite scoring talent that we had in previous years. Canada will continue to be one of the favourites to win a medal each year.

It's obvious though that the some countries have closed the talent gap, and that's a good thing for hockey.
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Jan 3rd, 2019 1:47 pm
That was a great game to watch. Too bad for the broken stick at the end.

I think declaring that Canada is no longer a top contender is way too premature. Canada won gold last year and silver the year before, and gold in four years ago. This year, we just didn't have the elite scoring talent that we had in previous years. Canada will continue to be one of the favourites to win a medal each year.

It's obvious though that the some countries have closed the talent gap, and that's a good thing for hockey.
I don't mean that Canada will never contend, I think that the level of other countries is much higher and therefore the field is much closer than most know. I certainly don't believe Canada will continue to medal like they have in the past either.
The game has changed. Canada was never really an elite scoring team and that is the problem. Our strengths, in all levels/pro/olympic, have always been tight defensive and taking the body while a few of the great scores the team had put the puck in the net. That is still true today and the problem. Beating teams by a goal or two was Canada's way whereas teams like Russia or Sweden normally had highly offensive talent. I'm not saying that Canada did not have any high output players, but that was never really Canada's advantage. Looking back since the mid 90's, Canada was never really that dominate over USA/Russia/Sweden and with NHL, teams like Finland, Swiss, have their own country men in the NHL to watch, to be idols to younger people and they recruit Canadian coaches to improve their programs. If Canada didn't beat you into submission, and if the defence failed, there was an awesome Canadian goaltender back there to make the save.

Regardless it was still an exciting tournament and will be exciting to see who wins it.
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I don't mean that Canada will never contend, I think that the level of other countries is much higher and therefore the field is much closer than most know. I certainly don't believe Canada will continue to medal like they have in the past either.
The game has changed. Canada was never really an elite scoring team and that is the problem. Our strengths, in all levels/pro/olympic, have always been tight defensive and taking the body while a few of the great scores the team had put the puck in the net. That is still true today and the problem. Beating teams by a goal or two was Canada's way whereas teams like Russia or Sweden normally had highly offensive talent. I'm not saying that Canada did not have any high output players, but that was never really Canada's advantage. Looking back since the mid 90's, Canada was never really that dominate over USA/Russia/Sweden and with NHL, teams like Finland, Swiss, have their own country men in the NHL to watch, to be idols to younger people and they recruit Canadian coaches to improve their programs. If Canada didn't beat you into submission, and if the defence failed, there was an awesome Canadian goaltender back there to make the save.

Regardless it was still an exciting tournament and will be exciting to see who wins it.
Good points, but I still think this was just an off year. No need for a summit to fix our development system. Before this year, we've won gold 2 of the last 4 years. And 3 of those 4 years, we had no trouble scoring. It was just this year's team that lacked the offensive punch.

Let's see how we do next year but I've got no concerns right now.
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sharpshooter88 wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2019 3:10 pm
Good points, but I still think this was just an off year. No need for a summit to fix our development system. Before this year, we've won gold 2 of the last 4 years. And 3 of those 4 years, we had no trouble scoring. It was just this year's team that lacked the offensive punch.

Let's see how we do next year but I've got no concerns right now.
Off year? How about the other teams were just better than us. Gotta change that mindset - the other countries haven't only caught us they have surpassed us. Just look at the top 3 in the up coming NHL draft


1. Jack Hughes USA

2. Kaapo Kakko Finland

3. Vasily Podkolzin Russia
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blexann wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 12:07 pm
Off year? How about the other teams were just better than us. Gotta change that mindset - the other countries haven't only caught us they have surpassed us. Just look at the top 3 in the up coming NHL draft


1. Jack Hughes USA

2. Kaapo Kakko Finland

3. Vasily Podkolzin Russia
Not in my opinion. Won medals in 3 of last 5 years, 2 of them medal. I hardly think we've been surpassed based on that. We just weren't that good this year in the talent pool but I would still peg them be in top 3 every year.

We can revisit this next year if we don't win a medal again.
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