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from the Toronto Star,
TSN is boasting of having 20 ``insiders” to dissect trades and rumours. Joining the usual suspects are former Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr.
Sportsnet will cover things more traditionally this year, including doing some of the show from Vancouver. It has added NHL types Doug MacLean, Keith Primeau and Brian Lawton.
The Score will focus on viewers, with call-in and email segments. Former Leaf Mike Johnson has been added.
It all seems a bit much, but there is demand. Last year, TSN was the big winner, averaging 150,000 viewers over a paltry eight hours – more than four times what it normally draws at that time. And that represented the lowest ratings since 2002.
Update 9:26pm ET: More analysis on the trade deadline TV coverage in Canada from William Houston at the Globe & Mail.
from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,
When the Maple Leafs missed the playoffs last year it was the closest thing to a national disaster to hit Toronto since Mel Lastman spotted a snowflake over North York.
But even that does not come close to the travesty and abuse of a public trust being perpetrated by this season’s Maple Leafs, who are closing in on becoming the first NHL team in Toronto to miss the playoffs three consecutive years since 1927-28.
How embarrassing was that? Don’t know, but they changed the name from St. Patrick’s to Maple Leafs. These days fans just walk around with paper bags on their heads.
from the News & Observer,
There’s only one problem with Rod Brind’Amour’s recovery from knee surgery, as far as his father is concerned: holding him back.
“He got operated Friday afternoon. Saturday morning at 7:30, he’s lying on the floor in his bedroom and he’s lifting 55-pound weights. He’s got his leg up on a chair,” Bob Brind’Amour said before the Carolina Hurricanes’ 5-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday. “I went up there and said, ‘You idiot. What are you doing?’ He’s so dedicated. He knows his body, but in this case he’s got to tone it down a bit.”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
Simon was booed by a segment of the crowd when he took his first couple of shifts in the first period, and there was no discernible applause to counter that negative reaction….
“For me to be effective and play the way I can, I have to be in the moment and focus on each game, each shift,” Simon said. “I can’t control what other people think. All I can do is work hard and play hard.”
The Buffalo Sabres and defenceman Brian Campbell are still a ways apart on a new contract, as the veteran defenceman and his agent Larry Kelly are expected to turn down the team’s latest multi-year offer.
Sources told TSN that the deal, offered Wednesday, is a three-year contract averaging less than $6 million a season.
from Spector’s Blog,
...But apparently for Sundin, playing for a Cup contender isn’t as important as being a Maple Leaf.
One would think he would be applauded for his loyalty, instead, he’s being criticized and vilified by some pundits and fans.
His critics suggest he’s merely being selfish for not agreeing to a trade, that he’s not putting the needs of the Leafs above his own, that he’s seriously hurting the franchise’s attempt for a strong start to their rebuilding program.
His refusal is being considered a prime example of how a player with a “no-trade/movement” clause can hold a team hostage and handcuff their efforts to rebuild.
from Victor Chi at the Sporting News,
When it comes to a trade deadline, no other sports league can match the fuss and frenzy of the NHL.
The NHL should be accentuating this distinction.
Turn the day itself into a stand-alone event. It should be easier now that the NHL Network is available in the United States. And if Versus is supposed to be such a great partner for the NHL, get the network to simulcast the NHL Network or a Canadian all-sports outlet or produce its own trade-day show.
On deadline day, games actually serve as a diversion. The attention and resources required to covering games come at the expense of deeper trade coverage.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Rookie center Ryan Carter suffered a broken right wrist in Wednesday night’s victory over the Colorado Avalanche, an MRI exam performed Thursday revealed.
Carter was checked into the board by Colorado defenseman Jeff Finger but the injury occured when Carter’s right hand went through an opening in the glass that is used by photographers.
via the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
The Minnesota Wild hasn’t tried to hide its interest in Jokinen. And it appears the Panthers are at the very least exploring the idea of trading him there by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
Panthers director of pro scouting Bill O’Flaherty was at the Wild’s game in Chicago last night. He’s the third different Panthers’ representative to attend a Wild game recently—pro scout Jack Birch and director of player development Duane Sutter are the others—and combined, the trio as attended four of the last six Wild games overall. Perhaps the Panthers want to be very prepared for their Feb. 29 home game against the Wild. Or…....they’re checking out their options for Jokinen.
Richards’ availability via trade was first reported by TSN, a Canadian cable channel. TSN also hinted that the Blue Jackets were in the running. I didn’t want to report it until somebody I respected confirmed it to me, and that took place this afternoon.
First, Richards would have to waive his no trade clause. Not sure he’d do that to come to the Blue Jackets, but this franchise has always been very welcoming and attractive to Prince Edward Island guys.
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