A lot of hockey fans are going to let this clip bunch their panties worse than running to catch a train on a humid summer day. After all, a lot of hockey fans are oversensitive ninnies that take offense when not every single person in the continental United States has the NHL box scores from the previous night memorized.
Now granted, the panel that just came to the agreed upon conclusion that the Atlanta Thrashers moved to a completely differently country than they did about a decade and a half before they did should know better considering they are paid handsomely to discuss sports on a national broadcast, but your outside of your mind if you think if you think it surprises me that they didn't.
ESPN has made no bones about their lack of interest in the NHL. Whether that was justified or not given their lack of financial incentive to cover the sport is irrelevant, because they made it pretty clear that they aren't going to do so in any respectable way when they laid off every employee that knew what a puck was (sans Buccigross) the second they started cutting staff.
If anything, hockey fans should treat this incredibly inexcusable slip up the same way they treat that Instagram photo of their ex tongue kissing the guy that she left them for. It's a undeniable sign that they can stop looking for signs. It's over. No matter how hard you plead, ESPN doesn't care about your sport and they don't care that they don't care about your sport so trying to shame them for it falls on ears so deaf that would make Hellen Keller look like she has the hearing of a Jack Russell Terrier. You want to start mapping out the miles between Winnipeg and Nashville to send some message then be my guest, but you might as well stick that message in a bottle and send it out to sea, because it would have just as good of a chance of reaching an unwilling recipient.