NHL Network Radio's Terry Mercury Talks Puck Two Months Into the Season

12/11/13 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Dec 10, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer (20) after scoring the game-tying goal in the final 32 seconds against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-5 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsAbout a month or so ago, I was lucky enough to do an e-mail interview with NHL Network Radio host Mike Ross on all things NHL and the first month of the season.

Fast forward a month later and I am once again very lucky that I am able to do another e-mail interview with another host from Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio. This time it is
Terry Mercury, a self-admitted Montreal Canadiens' fan, who has taken time out of his very busy schedule to give his thoughts and analysis about things that are going on in the NHL.

Take it away, Terry!

PH: To this date, what teams and players have surprised you most in the NHL this season? Why?
TM: I'm loving the "rebirth" of Alex Ovechkin! I never gave up on him as one of the 3 best players in hockey...and he's showing maturity and renewed vigor in establishing his dominance again.

I'm not at all surprised that the New York Rangers are struggling. I still feel this team's foundation players are somewhat over-rated because they're in the Big Apple. I also still think Philadelphia is not as bad as their record indicates...and they're starting to put things together. 

PH: To this date, what teams and players have disappointed you the most in the NHL this season? Why? 
TM: Can't figure out what the problem in Ottawa is. Can Daniel Alfredsson have meant THAT much to that club? I don't think so. They're saying they have to find someone to play with Jason Spezza. Wasn't that supposed to be Bobby Ryan?

As far as players go...what the heck is wrong with David Clarkson in Toronto? He seems to have lost the scoring touch that it seemed he had found in New Jersey over the past couple of seasons. Could it be no Ilya Kovalchuk or Zach Parise to play with?

PH: It appears that your Montreal Canadiens are on fire right now. What do you attribute that to?
TM: Someone forgot to tell the Los Angeles Kings last night! Seriously....solid team play and good special teams are leading the way. It also doesn't help to have a goaltender (Carey Price) who can wipe out a lot of mistakes.

PH: Why do you think the Islanders have struggled so much this season? What can they do to remedy their struggles?
TM: P.A. Parenteau gone.....Matt Moulson gone...apathy on Long Island because the fans know the team is gone....and you get a situation where you've let some pretty solid...developing talent get away...probably giving your foundation player...John Tavares...the sense that things still remain unsettled within the organization.

PH: Is there anything else you'd like to share with FanIQ readers regarding this NHL season?
TM: Just that I'm living large working for NHL Network Radio...and as always...we're loving bringing hockey fans across the continent all the news and action from around the hockey world. Keep it on Ch.167!
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1/10/14   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Patrick, I am thankful for the way the Q links articles, because I might have missed this otherwise!  

In response to his comment about Daniel Alfredsson, sadly, yes, he did mean that much to the team I believe.  I visted Ottawa as a teenage, so have a warm spot for the Sens in my heart.  If you go back to the injury to Erik Karlsson's Achilles tendon,  it seems the team changed.  Karlsson and Alfredsson are great friends, now former teammates, and sometimes roommates. But I almost see that injury in being the turning point.  Yes, I know Daniel is 40, and wasn't traded until mid-summer, but he was with Ottawa with 17 seasons.  The team just hasn't seemed the same since his departure.

Great read, wish you had more!