I'm sure Denis will do a good job, but let's wait until he starts before we say he's gonna be exponentially better than Benoit. I appreciated Denis' insight between the periods but commenting the game on the fly is a whole other thing. As we saw with Brunet, tendencies form, bad habits take place and if you cannot control them, people won't be happy.
However, judging from what we saw, he'll definitely be an upgrade at least in terms of vocabulary.
Nothing against Denis but it usually doesn't end well when you expect too much from someone, even if in that case the only expectation we have is to not be as bad as Benoit.
The difference is that we already knew how bad Brunet was from his other play-by-play duties (Sens games, mainly). It was a typical RDS move: replace someone bad with someone as bad, but with different poor skills.
Denis will be better than both Brunet and Pedneault, but that doesn't mean he's the best candidate out there. I stopped expecting greatness from RDS about 15 years ago. So when you have low expectations, the Denis hiring at least sounds half promising.
I don't get it.
Why not replace him with Joel Bouchard?
I'd say he's heads above everyone else on the RDS team for that job. I'm not hating on Denis but Bouchard is pretty much the french equivalent of McGuire (he's one of the best at his jobs like him or not).
CBC is an English channel. I think I saw Carbo on it a couple a times.
Ok PJ Stock and Marinaro are on a RDS sometimes, but I still don't see the point.
We're not talking about a random analyst that you see during the intermission. We're talking about the main color guy for the Habs games. You need to have great communication skills and to speak a perfect french to occupy that role.
I can't believe some of you people are already *****ing before Denis has even done anything. Man, analyst for the Habs games is really a thankless job.
I'm glad he's got the job. Bouchard is great, but he just speaks way too much, and the fact that the duo spent too much time talking instead of describing the action was a common complaint in past seasons.
Plus, Denis was a goaltender, so we will have someone out there with a better understanding of the psychology of the position, and what constitutes a "bad goal". Might cool down those who always complain about Price every time the light turns red.