Wednesday, August 8, 2007

FIRE CRAIG SIMPS — oh wait...

We'd been hearing rumblings of this all off-season, but it looks like the Globe is calling it official: Craig Simpson has left the club to take a commenting job with Hockey Night in Canada.

That sound you just heard was 100,000 Oilers fans simultaneously leaping out of their computer chairs and breaking out some feverish, but celebratory, poppin'. Yeah, I thought it sounded a little weird too, but hey. We're feeling something that isn't pain for once. That's good.

From William Houston's column in today's Globe and Mail:

Hockey Night In Canada's first high-profile signing of the off-season will be Craig Simpson, who is leaving coaching to resume a broadcasting career as a game analyst at Hockey Night, multiple sources say.

Simpson is expected to quit his job as an Edmonton Oilers assistant coach to work in the booth with play-by-play announcer Jim Hughson.

Insiders view Simpson's addition to Hockey Night, expected to be announced shortly, as a major cornerstone to the rebuilding of the show.

Although veteran Bob Cole will continue to call games for Hockey Night in 2007-08, working with Harry Neale or Greg Millen, Hughson and Simpson would take on the role as the show's de facto A team.

This is, of course, double-plus-good news, as it means that (1) Simpson will now permanently be at least 100 yards away from the Oilers power play unit and only able to comment on how he wishes the forwards would stop moving around so much and just feed the puck to the point for the wild slapshot one more time; and (2) Canadians will no longer be primarily subjected to Bob Cole's mildly retarded, "He passes to the man and boom goes the dynamite," calibre of game-calling.

Just occurred to me as I type this, though... if Bob Cole is being shuffled back to the 'B' team, does that mean he'll be calling more late games? Jesus, I hope not. There are newborn kittens who know more about Northwest division rosters than he does.

Anyhow, great news. We're now taking bets as to which under-qualified former Oiler will be called upon to take his place. How does Esa Tikkanen look in a suit?

Thanks to one of the countless anonymouses in the previous post's comments for bringing this to our attention.

30 comments:

gary b said...

talk about your win-win.

we win because Simmer IS a good colour man. and his in-depth between periods analysis was my favourite part of the playoffs last season, he does know what he's talking about.

and Craig Simpson wins, because no longer coaching the Oilers powerplay ensures he won't end up rolled up in a Carpet Superstore sample and floating in the river by December.

SweatyO said...

Bring on Marc Habscheid!

He'd be a fresh face AND would fit the requirement of an "ex-Oiler player"!

EVERYONE wins!

And if not him...just what IS Kenny Linesman up to these days?

marchantfan said...

Holy, that sportscaster video is uncomfortable to watch.

As to Cole on the late night games, I doubt it. He flies in from Newfoundland on Saturdays to do the East games--he probably won't want to make that a cross-continent flight.

oiledup said...

It's being boiled down to:

A) Petr Klima
B) Berine Nicholls
C) Glenn Anderson

buddy said...

If only CBC had made Simpson an offer to do the 2006 playoffs...

It's too early to start drinking, so I think I'm just going to go have a little cry right now.

Scarlett said...

How about McSorley? He'd do a bang up job on the pp!

Rock Deputy said...

It's being boiled down to:

A) Petr Klima
B) Berine Nicholls
C) Glenn Anderson


what about Krushelnyski?!?

Chris! said...

"It's being boiled down to:

A) Petr Klima
B) Berine Nicholls
C) Glenn Anderson"

Says who?

Doogie said...

I'm not sure what sells the picture more: the fact that it's a dancing dick or the fact that it's a dancing dick in a cowboy hat.

Chris! said...

Here at Covered in Oil, we're all about the details.

Andy Grabia said...

My favorite line in the G&M story:

There are not a large number of good young hockey journalists in broadcasting.

They should add "print, or on radio" to the end of that.

Devin said...

I'm down with Klima as long as he brings along his garbage pail Jofa for luck in the shootout. Imagine how awesome Hemsky would look in this bizatch!

Alana said...

If Esa was the new coach, I'd die of happiness.

Anonymous said...

gary b that carpet line is gold.

-doug

Loxy said...

Whoever wins the hot-oil historical hot off should get the job.

Randy in the med hizzo said...

Simpson rolled up in a carpet, eh? Admit it. He would have coached that power play for 10 more years. Also, I had both Bucky and Simpson in new jobs last week, yet you wait for William Houston to speculate. What's that crap?
Point 2: With out Bob Cole calling hockey games how will we know whose got the puck, or whether or not a team will want to score on their power play?

MikeP said...

buddy, from memory the PP did ok in 2006 until they hit Carolina. Probably not so much Simpson as much as Pronger though.

The choice for the new PP coach ought to be obvious.

STAN FREAKING WEIR.

If not him, Lee Fogolin will do in a pinch. The man once performed dental surgery on himself in a Buffalo hotel room with a coathanger at 2am, then played that day, for chrissake. He scoffs at Smytty's bloody chiclets on the ice. "Kid probably got shot up with Novocaine! Why, when I was his age..."

Lord Bob said...

If Esa was the new coach, I'd die of happiness.

Esa Tikkanen was a player-coach in the Asian hockey league a couple seasons ago, and spent last year as I believe a general manager somewhere in Finland. Believe it or not, this is absolutely true.

Lowe out, Tikkanen in. It is meant to be. Or, in the words of Esa himself, "rgtertart fhgfhfghhnn n rfgada."

Pleasure Motors said...

Think we can pry Jari Kurri from the Finnish national team?

Anonymous said...

My favorite 'bob coleism': When he talks OVER his own play by play! He'll be describing the game (at least the Maple Leafs on the ice at the time), when he'll suddenly go off on a tangent about how unseasonably warm/cold/dry/wet the weather is WHILE the play is going on. I heard Drew Remenda (leaving CBC to return to SJ) on the radio say Don Wittman has been at the CBC for 50 years!! You can't tell me in a country of 33 million souls that there isn't ONE person that could replace Wittman!?

Anonymous said...

The CBC shouldn't be allowed to let Bob Cole go until he goes on national television ("The Hour" doesn't count: something people watch, like HNIC or Corner Gas) and explains to us all WTF a "ten-biller" is.

mike w said...

In all fairness, I like Criag Simpson as a broadcaster (although not nearly as much as my favourite, Ray Ferraro), and I agree with Lowetide that we can't squarely dump the abysmal powerplay on his doorstep, since it may as much MacT's fault as anyone. Not having a PP quarterback also didn't help.

Good luck, Craig. Telestrate a dink for us if you can...

Anonymous said...

It's possible they don't replace him with anybody, right?

Chris! said...

First anon: "The CBC shouldn't be allowed to let Bob Cole go until he goes on national television ("The Hour" doesn't count: something people watch, like HNIC or Corner Gas) and explains to us all WTF a "ten-biller" is."

Corner Gas is actually a CTV show. It just sucks like a CBC original. Common misconception.

Second anon: "It's possible they don't replace him with anybody, right?"

If I recall correctly, we didn't have a special teams coach on the payroll before Simpson was hired, so yeah. Very possible.

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Anonymous said...

Craig has done more for charity in this town than I suspect all of you combined. Have a little class and remove the picture

mike w said...

Have a little class and remove the picture

First off, I love Craig Simpson. Game-winning goals in the SCF, god bless 'em.

But I'm also sure that as a former hockey player he has a thick skin when it comes to an innocuos doodle of a penis wearing a cowboy hat on some obscure Oilers blog.

mc79hockey said...

I know that in Carolina, they certainly appreciate his charitable gift of a PP that can't score on a 5 on 3.

Anonymous said...

mc79 not sure why you waste your time blogging when you could have such a great career at yuk yuks. I am being charitable when I tell you are as funny as a sore left nut

Anonymous said...

A sore left nut?