That's the point I was making. If Letterman is a big hockey fan, then cool, he should have Kane on. But you'd think NBC would want Kane or Toews or someone to take the cup on their own shows, Leno and Fallon as well. The same way they have people from their own TV shows or films that are released by NBC Universal on their two shows to promote it. Especially with the investment NBC has made in hockey.
And NBC has the Sochi Olympics coming up in less than a year so you'd think they'd want to promote that also with Patrick Kane.
FWIW NBC/Leno did have the entire Blackhawks team on the show very briefly after they won the Cup in 2010...
Yeah, that's all I'm getting at here. If every other show that's not on an NBC owned channel wants to have someone from the team on, that's awesome. But I thin it would be in NBC's best interests to have someone from the Cup team, or the whole team, come on to Leno and Fallon, simply because they're NBC's two big late night shows. It will promote hockey, the NHL on NBC (which they've invested a billion dollars into) and also, as you said, the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
Unfortunately, the only way I see that happening is if the Rangers win the cup (not unfortunate for me because that's what I want, but unfortunate for the promotion of the game) simply because they're the biggest US market in the league.
I just think NBC is missing the chance to promote the sport that they've heavily invested in and formed a whole sports network around. They should have players from the Hawks parading the cup around on Leno, Fallon, the Today Show and any other of their big talk setting shows. They have all these channels and shows at their disposal, why not take advantage of it?
Conan is the best but Fallon is good. He's very creative and is willing to try a bit that might bomb. A lot of times he does bomb but at least he's not playing it safe. He's like the opposite of Leno.
I actually like Fallon a lot more than Conan and I used to be a huge Conan fan. Ever since his NBC fallout he hasn't been the same and the fact that he's always making jokes about hockey being unpopular has made me not care to get into his TBS show (which I watched for the first few months and wasn't impressed). Conan tweeted "It's quiet in LA today, reminds me of when the Kings won the cup" and Dustin Penner replied "I guess being on TBS you would know what silence sounds like." Conan got destroyed by Penner on that line.
Fallon is very talented and his impressions are very good and he's not afraid to take chances. I like his excitement because he seems like a genuinely nice dude and not phony. The two best IMO are the later shows, Ferguson and Fallon. It's ironic now that a couple years after Conan got thrown off the Tonight show, now they're giving it to Fallon.