I love this clip. I love it because I’ve often wondered how players feel about resident NHL egghead Pierre McGuire standing between the benches, gushing superlatives and loudly declaring certain player’s monsters. For the record: Marty Turco thinks he’s a clown.
That said, I also love Pierre McGuire. He’s an odd duck, a creepy cat, and he has no idea how personal bubbles work, but he also has some great observations and gets some great responses. Consider, for instance, yesterday’s NBC game between the Blackhawks and Flyers. McGuire noticed that the Flyers were sitting back a little, and he asked coach Peter Laviolette directly during a bench interview. The question caught Laviolette off-guard, and he coyly, asked, “Are you sure?,” hoping McGuire would back off. McGuire’s response: “I’m positive.” It was a bizarre moment, but it goaded Laviolette into an impressively honest response: the Flyers had adjusted their system slightly to combat the Blackhawks’ speed through the neutral zone. It was a win for McGuire.
The above clip is not a win for McGuire. Neither, by the way, is his choice of eyewear. How a man with such a round head could be convinced that such round glasses were the way to go is beyond me.Pierre McGuire is More Than a Little Annoying, The YouTubes