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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is on the airwaves from 4-5 p.m. ET today for the NHL Hour on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com.
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**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
Hockey fans are all whiners who bitch and moan, never go to actual games, and sit around in a little circle of fellow bitchers and moaners who complain all day long.
How do I know this? Jamie Samuelssen told me, in a nice little 9:23 rant that’s available for your listening pleasure on WDFN.
Samuelssen claims that Red Wings fans and all hockey fans—with enough “you people” references to usually merit a lawsuit—are negative Nancies, each and every one, and he feels that the trade deadline brings out the worst in what hockey fans are.
Slap Shot at the NY Times took the pulse of some of the hockey bloggers on the trades their teams made.
added Part 3 at 2:12pm.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
TSN’s Internet platform was busy yesterday. TSN.ca had 11.855 million page views as of 6 p.m. EST (preliminary figures), the second largest total after the 13.9 million views on the 2006 deadline day. The streamed TV coverage received 1.270 million hits over 10 hours, more than double last year’s total of 607,000. The Sportsnet and Score numbers were unavailable.
more on the TV coverage from the stations mentioned above…
NHL Network across North America is teaming with TSN to bring NHL fans extensive coverage of NHL Trade Deadline Day. Hockey fans in the U.S. and Canada can keep tabs on all their favorite teams and players as NHL Network simulcasts TSN’s 10-hour program, TradeCentre 08, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
The wall-to-wall coverage includes a team of 20 Insiders, analysts, former NHL players, coaches and general managers, reporters and correspondents providing breaking news and instant analysis of each transaction, including interviews with players, coaches and GMs.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Bob Cole is enjoying one of his best years in broadcasting. He wants to continue as Hockey Night In Canada’s lead play-by-play voice and has no intention of retiring.
That is the message Cole’s agent Elliott Kerr will take to Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, when the two meet next month to discuss Cole’s future.
“Bob wants to keep going and has no desire to retire,” Kerr said Friday.
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
There is apparently an Internet rumor floating around that claims Nicklas Lidstrom’s injury is more serious than the Red Wings are letting on. It states Lidstrom will miss two months because of a sprained MCL and a concussion.
Here’s what Wings coach Mike Babcock said about it after Friday’s game: “We think he’s two weeks (away), max. He’s feeling way better already, so that’s a positive thing for us.’‘
more on the Wings…
That is not even a rumor Ansar, but considering where it came from, well, let’s just say, you should question everything that comes from that website.
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.
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