So maybe can you explain to me why Pedneault isn't a great analyst?
I'll take a stab at this....
1. Does not offer insight. Compare with McGuire, you might not like his delivery, but you learn about strategy, individual players, match ups, behind the scenes, strengths, weaknesses, tendencies and most importantly player evaluations. Pendneault does none of this.
2. Will always accentuate the negative and the obvious.
3. Spends most of the game giving his opinions on referee decisions. Especially enjoys pointing out how bad a penalty if ever it's one of his whipping boys (sic Russians or any Euro's)
4. Completely misses plays. Example last night on the second Boston breakaway, from my small TV I saw Price make the save with his glove. Pedneault kept saying the player shot wide.
5. Always gets the wrong player in key situations.
6. Quick to fault the Kovy/Koivu/Markov/ Kost ect. Lapierre, Lats, Bouillon can do no wrong.
7. Very hard on Price. Quick to point out it's a bad goal, etc....
Need more.....I getting upset just thinking about Pedneault
Here the ratings from RDS for Habs vs Bruins series
game 1 (thursday) average: 1 480 000 and a top of 1 717 000
game 2 (saturday) average: 1 736 000* and a top of 2 347 000* during OT *all time record on RDS.
game 3 (sunday) average : 1 529 000 and a top of 2 340 000 during OT
The links below show the audience numbers for games 5, 6, and 7 in chronological order. It really does show that the Canadiens outdraw the Leafs. The CBC had more viewers than RDS for game 7 with a combined total of 4.1 million viewers! http://www.globesports.com/servlet/s...rtsHockey/home
I find it comical to hear a man who never won a Stanley Cup try to explain what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. Don Cherry has no place in saying what it takes to win the Cup.
That said, I don't speak French and don't plan to become fluent in French in my lifetime. I'll stick to the CBC and continue sending letters to them about their television content until they spend more time focusing on Canada and not Toronto/Vancouver/Alberta Flavour of the Week.
MANY times I was forced to listen to Habs games in SW Ontario on a french language stn. I have only high school francais. It is amazing how fast you can catch on to what is going on. A fringe benefit is that you don't know enough to have to put up with dopey hockey announcer opinions. Then again the guy might have been a genius and I would have not known it.