ESPN’s Colin Cowherd vs. NHL writers; longest game record; Roenick, Modano beards (Puck Headlines)

Greg Wyshynski

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• In case you haven't heard, Colin Cowherd of ESPN insulted the entirety of the hockey media on Thursday (you can watch the video at the bottom of the post) by calling coverage amateurish and saying, "You're getting a lot of young, cheap people covering hockey and it's not like newspapers send their best people to hockey." He's of course talking about summer interns like Michael Farber of SI, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail, Kevin Allen of USA Today, Jeff Klein of the NY Times and Pat Hickey of the Gazette. Not to mention the scores of writers over the age of 40 in any hockey press box Cowherd's never been in. [Awful Announcing]

• Here are John Tortorella's 13 minutes of media time from Thursday's conference call. [NYDN]

• Mirtle makes the case that the New Jersey Devils should be embraced by Canadians: "To many, the Devils are still this no-nonsense, Scott Stevens led defensive squad that celebrated its three Cup wins in the parking lot -- even though they're now full of personality, led by Parise (who talked at length after Game 2 about how DeBoer pushes them to be aggressive in the offensive zone) and have a beautiful new rink that has a read-and-black pavilion out front to potentially parade around in." [Globe & Mail]

• Glendale's funding of the Phoenix Coyotes has partially led to 49 people losing their jobs. [Globe & Mail]

• No Adrian Aucoin for Game 3 vs. the Los Angeles Kings. [Orlesky]

• The Dino Ciccarelli Award for best postseason rookie. Has to go to Holtby, right? [Backhand Shelf]

• GM George McPhee is going to take his time before naming the next Washington Capitals coach. [Capitals Insider]

• Sad news: The Dayton Gems are folding. [Dayton Daily News]

• Big congrats to the 40 men who played hockey for 246 hours and raised $1.4 million for charity in the "world's longest hockey game." [Calgary Sun]

• Carrie Underwood totally sticks up for her man Mike Fisher during Nashville Predators games, ya'll: "When somebody trips Mike or does something dirty, I'm like: 'Are you KIDDING me?' Yeah, I get pretty heated." [Metro]

• Add Brooks Orpik to the growing number of "You Can Play" athletes. [Penguins]

• John Buccigross re-ups with ESPN, and will call the Frozen Four. [Puck The Media]

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• Mike Modano and Jeremy Roenick miss their playoff beards and have a new Funny or Die video for Norelco. [Funny or Die]

• Cox on the Raffi Torres appeal, which was today: "So where did 25 games come from? Shanahan would have done well to have spelt out his reasoning on the number a litte more clearly, saying this many games were for the actual hit on Hossa and this many were for the crime of being a repeat offender. But he didn't. Again, nobody misses Torres, with the possible exception of the Coyotes. But there should be a perception of fairness about these issues. In this case, fairness seems to be lacking, both in the original decision and in Torres' only avenue of appeal." [Toronto Star]

• The new consensus draft ranking is out, with Nail Yakupov at No. 1 and Ryan Murray down at No. 5. [NHL Numbers]

• The NHL's Penticton rookie tournament has fallen victim to the CBA talks. [Oil Patch]

• ESPN's Conn Smythe Tracker has Ilya Kovalchuk up and Mike Smith down. [ESPN]

• The Puck Stops Here is concerned because "the Central Bargaining Agreement ends this summer." [TPSH]

• The USA and Canada have had better days at Worlds. [Lighthouse Hockey]

• Finally, as referenced at the top, the full Cowherd rant: