I really don't know where to begin, so I will just dive right in.
McGuire knows nothing about the sport. His lack of hockey knowledge is completely obvious to even the casual hockey audience. I am appalled by this. Apparently he was a college coach and even an NHL coach at some point. He was a scout for Pittsburgh, and an assistant coach for a few teams. How? He must have been hated and run out of the locker room.
The best way I can describe McGuire is by comparing him to a typical popinjay. A popinjay is a vain and talkative person - 90 percent of humans on TV. McGuire is all about hearing the sound of his own voice - no matter how idiotic he may sound.
Ernest Hemingway may have put it best in "Death in the Afternoon" with his description of a popinjay:
"A writer who appreciates the seriousness of writing so little that he is anxious to make people see he is formally educated, cultured or well-bred is merely a popinjay."
In his case, McGuire does not appreciate hockey. He only appreciates his own involvement in the sport. However, he has limited knowledge and experience within the game. He often likes to make himself sound like some sort of NHL legend. He talks about his own experiences in the game as if we the audience are supposed to remember McGuire's illustrious career as an assistant coach, as a player in Europe or as a second-rate NHL scout. Of course, none of it is worth mentioning. He has a distorted image of himself.
The average NHL fan will most likely have sounder arguments than McGuire. I have often heard him make off-the-cuff comments about penalties and fighting. He will contradict himself every game. I have heard him argue for toughness and grit, while arguing against fighting. He jumps on whatever the hot topic is for the week. He seems so out of touch with the game in front of him. It is frightening to know he is NBC's voice of hockey.
I could go on, but really I would rather not waste much more time on this guy. I only wish to advise people not to listen to a word he says - especially the casual hockey fans tuning in randomly on Sunday to accidentally catch a game on NBC. He could potentially ruin the purity of the sport.
He adds to my distrust of network TV.