Canucks and Beyond
CBC has released it’s schedule for the 2007-08 season:
Hockey Night in Canada kicks off another season with live coverage of the 2007-08 NHL regular season opener on Sept. 29 between the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings in London, England.
The Ducks-Kings contest is just one of 85 games, more games than ever before, on HNIC’s broadcast schedule, which was revealed by CBC Sports on Wednesday.
The schedule itself can be found here.
TSN has also announced its national schedule:
Being August 14th, one would think hockey news is at a standstill… and they’d largely be right. But hockey bloggers and fans don’t ever really shut up and there’s still plenty of trash talk and analysis going on.
Here’s a random look at the game today, from fans all around the league. From the serious to the stupid… as it should be.
First, Canucks training camp starts on September 7th (going to the 16th, it appears) in Victoria. Great news when you live on this island, seldom able to catch the guys in person. Today's other piece of news is even better -- though liable to cost me every dime I have. Shaw Cable has finally, finally come to some deal with the NHL and will be carrying the Centre Ice package for customers in British Columbia. I don't think most fans across Canada and the US realize that most of us in BC have never been able to access that NHL package. Here are the basic details of this deal that, when the costs are decided, will likely guarantee I live in poverty the rest of my life. (Damn, but I'm happy about it, though...)
Hockey is apparently coming sooner than we thought. Because of the miracle of Sportsnet (that is, the miracle of the network suddenly realizing they had a captive, hockey-desperate audience in late September, well-primed by training camp reports, and anxious to see a puck drop and a body check) we're getting 2 pre-season games this year: Sept 22 vs San Jose and Sept 29 vs Edmonton. Both are road games and both are meaningless to the season schedule. And I'm thrilled, anyway. The Canucks have only ever televised two other pre-season games in their whole history. This is great news for those of us who don't live in Vancouver especially -- all we ever usually get to see is highlights; it'll be great to see a couple full games to judge for ourselves some of the line mixes and players that Vigneault experiments with in the pre-season. Well, at least for me. I get depressed hearing from the likes of J.J. and DaveO as they attend those games and smugly share all the details while I remain clueless.
This episode was recorded on July 12, 2007. The whole gang gathered together on this episode to go over the recent moves by the Canucks on the free agency deadline. We also look around the league and examine what other teams are doing, not to mention who is left that we wouldn’t mind getting our hands on.more... P.S. A listener provided photographic evidence that our podcast works on iPhone! (Not that we had reason to think it wouldn't, but it's still cool, no?)
It came as news to me over the weekend that there’s a brand new rumor site in town: Meet Peklund:
I just got off the phone with one of my imaginary sources. He is a sock puppet and was in the dryer. He told me with extreme vigor that Robyn Regehr for Steve Sullivan is either happening or not happening. Apparently Sullivan has to prove he is 5 feet tall. If he can do this then the deal could happen as early as…during the season. P3
Sidney Crosby just signed a new deal to stay in Pitt. Or will he? He purposely refused a no trade clause because of his childhood dream to play for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Hmmm. Well, good to get some solid coverage in the hockey rumor industry—thanks to the KK reader who sent the link.
Now I just want to know a couple things: Who is this Peklund guy? And how soon till Sportsnet.ca puts him on TV? (I hear they’re quite revolutionary that way…)
Earlier today, I put up a list of all the best news sources for UFA news on Kukla's Korner. Also, KK itself will be updating live with stories of any signings around the league. The UFA market opens at 9am PT / 12pm ET. (I wonder if Paul Kariya would consider signing with the Canucks for one year at under $1 million? Yeah, yeah... just a thought.) Anyway, let the fun begin...
The Crazy Canucks recorded a new podcast last night, with some final thoughts about the 2006-07 season plus a few thoughts on the NHL Draft tonight. I hope you enjoy it -- I always learn from these guys, so hopefully you do as well. We expect to put out another episode next week as well, leading up to the free agency deadline.
TSN's Press Release for Canadian Coverage:
TSN welcomes the newest crop of NHL stars to the big leagues with live coverage of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 22, beginning at 7 p.m. ET and continuing through the first round. For the first time ever, live coverage of the Draft will also be available on TSN Broadband at http://www.TSN.ca. James Duthie will host TSN’s coverage directly from the Draft stage at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH, interviewing GMs and players following their selections. He will be joined by Pierre McGuire for additional evaluation throughout the first round. TSN’s panel of Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Gord Miller and former Columbus Blue Jackets’ GM Doug MacLean will offer instant analysis, with Darren Dreger providing updates live from the Draft floor and Farhan Lalji conducting live interviews from the stands with anxious prospects and nervous families. [...] On the eve of the Draft, TSN will televise a 30-minute preview show, SportsCentre – NHL Draft Special on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. ET. Rod Smith will host the program live from the SportsCentre studio. TSN’s expert panel of Duthie, McKenzie, McGuire, Miller, Dreger and Lalji, as well as MacLean, will provide live reports, features and interviews from Columbus.
The Canucks announced that they're continuing their relationship with Sportsnet television through the next four seasons, giving the broadcaster 47 games for air this year. The deal also means a commitment to HDTV to the Vancouver market, so I imagine a lot of people (those who can afford hi-definition televisions) are going to be well-pleased. From the Canucks:
The team's primary broadcaster since 1998, Sportsnet will televise 47 Canucks games exclusively in British Columbia and the Yukon during 2007-08. During the term of the agreement, high definition telecasts of the Canucks on Sportsnet will be introduced, increasing each year to a total of at least 95 HD telecasts over the next four seasons.For all the things I don't enjoy about Sportsnet on a regular basis (i.e. bright ideas like their handling of trade deadline day this season come to mind) I've largely been pleased with the network's Canucks' coverage. In addition to decent pre- and post-game coverage, shows like "Canucks This Week" are solid programming for the addicted Vancouver hockey fan. However, one of the best parts of Sportsnet's coverage comes down to the commentators, being Jim Hughson and John Garrett. Hughson is nothing short of excellent, and Garrett has grown on me considerably over the years as well, and I sincerely hope the network can lock them down for years to come. Otherwise I fear that one day CBC will swoop down and steal Hughson from us completely. And then who would call the games on Sportsnet? Considering a couple of the other hockey 'experts' on their payroll, it sort of frightens me to think about it.
About Canucks and Beyond
Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
So that's me. Who the hell are you?
Alanah's Twitter: [@alanah1]