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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.
The Top 10 goals of the week in a little over 6 minutes.
Today at my NHL.com blog, Lidstrom and a few other topics are on my mind.
The HNIC Hot Stove talk tonight- Al Strachan states Vinny Lecavalier will asked to be traded during the summer months, wants to go to a bigger hockey market. Pierre LeBrun states Jay Feaster does not want to trade Lecavalier and it looks as if Dan Boyle wants to stay in the Tampa area. Brad Richards may be the one to be moved..
Talk is Brian Campbell will be moved if not signed by February 26th, another serious offer from the Sabres will be made in the next few days. Senators may be interested in Stoll and Prospal according to LeBrun.
Forsberg is coming back according to Scott Morrison and Ottawa is still in the running for him.
LeBrun says Waddell just may keep Marian Hossa if he doesn’t get an offer to his liking.
Strachan says Avery wants $3M+ for 3-4 years, Rangers don’t want to pay that much.
LeBrun says Luc Bourdon may be used by Vancouver as a player they could move if the right player comes back.
From Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News,
On last season’s version of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” reality show, Heidi Androl - aka “The Hottie” - made it all the way to the final six contestants before the inevitable: Donald Trump fired her.
A few months later, Luc Robitaille hired her. And the Kings, immersed in their own reality show disguised as the 2007-08 NHL season, may have trumped every local TV station in the process.
More than just an apprentice reporter for the team’s “Kings Vision” element to their official Web site, Androl has become part of a forward-thinking element to TV sportscasting, something that has forced other professional teams to reconsider how they get their message across directly to their fans. In turn, it will alter the big-picture thinking of local news organizations.
more… about both the success of Androl as well as the Kings publicity efforts this season.
Video below shows some of Androl’s work on a recent trip to Vancouver:
frm William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Both the CBC and Rogers Sportsnet are bidding for the services of Hughson, the play-by-play veteran who will be a free agent in the summer.
Hughson, based in Vancouver, has for several years been employed by both the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and Sportsnet, but that will change in his next deal.
“I’ve pretty much determined it will be Sportsnet or Hockey Night in Canada,” Hughson said this week. “But I can honestly tell you I don’t know which way it’s going.”
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