The latest on Bouwmeester, NBC Sports wusses out on Roenick, Buchnevich has fun with TSN, Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame ceremony


It’s been a busy day in hockey. At last check, everyone’s thoughts were with Jay Bouwmeester after he collapsed following a shift on the Blues bench. For good reason.

It turns out that the 36-year old well respected defenseman had a heart attack. If not for a defibrillator and heroic trainers, we’d be talking about a horrible tragedy. It’s hard to believe this happened. However, medical emergencies do sometimes even with professional athletes. Thank god they saved his life.

All the best wishes go out to Bouwmeester, his family and the St. Louis Blues. All we can hope is he makes a full recovery and can live a long time spending the rest of his life with his family. That’s all that matters.

The Ducks and Blues made the only decision possible last night. To not continue playing. The game will be made up at a later date.

In different news, it looks like NBC Sports Network has decided to move on from Jeremy Roenick. He was suspended for making unprofessional remarks about coworker Kathryn Tappen.

That happened a while ago. It was in an interview with the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast that he mentioned a threesome with Tappen and his wife Tracy. Of course, he wasn’t serious. But it was still inappropriate and insensitive which Roenick apologized for last month. He called Tappen “one of the most professional sports personalities I know.”

I’m not going to condone what he said. It obviously wasn’t smart. Even if he was joking while on a podcast, it wasn’t the wisest decision. He definitely regretted it and still does. However, for NBCSN to not give him another chance seems hypocritical and thin skinned. They employ Mike Milbury. Here is Roenick’s disappointed reaction to the news that he won’t be back:

Short and sweet. He could’ve took a shot at his former employer, but what good would it have done? This is how it is in today’s PC world. Cancel culture isn’t healthy due to it being reactionary.

People make mistakes they regret. We are only human. It just seems like the way we’re headed is bad. But NYC has no problem freeing hardened criminals back out on the street due to the ridiculous bail reform law.

Roenick will be better off for it and land on his feet. I would guess either FS1 or his own podcast like Don Cherry and Ron Duguay.

During last night’s 4-1 win at Winnipeg, Pavel Buchnevich had some fun with the TSN camera crew. As they were walking off to the locker room between periods, he sarcastically said, “Number 12,” in reference to his name on the silly TSN trade deadline list. Then added, “Number one,” while pointing to teammate Chris Kreider, who told him to shut up in Russian.

Stick tap to Ryan Mead AKA Church of Kakko above for the great catch. Buchnevich doesn’t do interviews with reporters who cover the team. It’s probably due to him not being comfortable. But it looks like be speaks perfect English and has a good sense of humor.

Why not? Things have been going much better for him. Since being reunited with KZB Line members Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, he has eight points (4-4-8) over the last eight games. While still a streaky player, the 24-year old Russian forward does better when he’s more active during shifts. He’s been shooting the puck and taking the body. When he does both, he’s much more effective. I don’t see him going anywhere. He has one more year at a cap friendly hit of $3.25 million.

And finally, for those hockey fans who wanted to see the nice pregame Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame ceremony inducting Thomas Steen and Randy Carlyle, here it is via the official website in a tweet I sent out.

It’s not over the top because it didn’t have to be. It was a nice thing for the Winnipeg Jets to do. Honoring past greats who actually were original Jets shows appreciation for what those players gave. Thank god we have the Winnipeg Jets back.

A big boo goes out to MSG Network for not airing any of the ceremony. Even if it had nothing to do with our team, they could’ve at least shown highlights of the Jets unveiling the numbers. Instead, you had a useless segment involving Steve Valiquette and Anson Carter talking about nothing.

We already knew the storyline about Jacob Trouba returning to Winnipeg. Sam and Joe also talked over the ceremony without an MSG camera showing the background of it. Brutal. I love Sam and respect Joe, but good god. It was a waste of TV.

I long for the days of classic MSG when you had Bob Page and Mike Crispino hosting SportsDesk. They were true pros and pulled no punches. The Network has gotten progressively worse since they ditched The Vault that showed old games of both the Rangers and Knicks. There is only one small egotistical person to blame.

At least we have social media which can be good for something. Good job by the Jets having the nice ceremony on their site. It was wonderfully done.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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