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Last week’s Screen Shots column – suggesting NHL-related off-ice programming for the fledgling NHL Network to consider – proved to be a hit with readers, a few of whom were gracious enough to add to the list of proposals for fictional new series. We begin with a couple from Matt S. in Florida:

1. Empty Nest- Sit back and stretch out as you count the vacant seats in Washington, Atlanta, Florida, Long Island, Phoenix, and Nashville. With an occasional David Leisure-like appearance from Detroit.


We had someone check on Matt, and after a brief struggle and tranquilization, he’s feeling much better now. Speaking of now: now here’s a few more from John M.:

The Contender: Bob Probert and Stu Grimson reach out to up-and-coming hockey goons.

Nip/Tuck: Two high profile Los Angeles Kings trainers fight their own personal dilemmas while reattaching cheeks, lips and eyelids.

NHLN2: One camera, aimed at the skate sharpener, 24-7.

That last one was a real winner, John, chiefly because I can see some members of the self-important pro hockey community honestly believing the public would enjoy it.

However, the gold standard in entries goes to Andrea G. in New York City:

Hey Adam,

How about adding to the NHL TV lineup “The Office,” featuring Gary Bettman as the earnest but ultimately clueless boss no one quite understands. Naturally, Bill Daly is Dwight, his unintentionally hilarious sidekick. Watch as the gang opens a store!

I hope a Boston fan writes in with an “I Love Lucic” scenario for you.

Tremendous ideas, Andrea. I’ll never watch The Office the same way again.

But Daly strikes me more as a Creed than a Dwight. And don’t ask me why, but I think the Stanley of The (NHL) Office – in terms of demeanor, if not skin pigmentation – could be Colin Campbell.

In fact, I’m going to go back through old media guides when Campbell still played, and see whether he enjoyed crossword puzzles.



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