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from Steve Lepore at Awful Announcing,
Every year, hockey fans have complained about the network's weak aesthetic look, lack of substantial analysis, poor coverage of huge news stories (i.e. the entire NHL lockout) and overall dearth of original ideas. If I'm flipping around channels, I would probably rather click on NFL Network, MLB Network or NBA TV. And I'm someone who would rather watch bad hockey television than good anything else. This is a problem.
In the spirit of Festivus, I figured the end of the year might be an appropriate time to air some of the grievances that I and many hockey fans league-wide have with the league's in-house network, and perhaps some ideas that can be used to fix them.
1. NHL ON THE FLY AND NHL TONIGHT, THE NETWORK'S FLAGSHIP SHOWS, ARE BOTH WEAK
MLB Network's MLB Tonight is probably the best "live look-in" style show, in part because they mix in the chatter with getting you live to the actual important moments that the average fan would want to see. Despite not being in the vein of NFL Red Zone, they still will have you watching the key moments when you want to see them. Potential no hitters, bases loaded situations, even just showing you the end of games.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 16, 2013) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social’s programming plans for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 will include special content provided by hockey fans.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 1, 2013) – With only two days left before the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, one of the most-anticipated dates on the NHL® calendar, a flurry of activity already has taken place, delivering new addresses for some of the NHL’s biggest stars and putting more players’ futures into question.
Fans can follow all the action from around the NHL leading up to Wednesday’s 3:00 p.m. ET deadline through the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline™ Day Presented by BlackBerry® – the official League programming covering the Trade Deadline. With seamless coverage across NHL Network, NHL.com, the NHL’s various social media platforms and mobile web, fans can stay in the know anytime, anywhere, through the medium of their choice.
Beginning at 8 a.m. ET, NHL Network-U.S. will simulcast TSN’s 10-hour flagship show, TradeCentre ’13, featuring every trade and every team covered from all angles. Host James Duthie leads TSN’s TradeCentre ’13 team of hockey analysts, Insiders, former NHL players, coaches, and general managers, reporters and correspondents through a full day of hockey talk – with breaking news and instant analysis of each transaction, along with interviews with players, coaches, and GMs. TSN’s correspondents are also with NHL teams around the League to file live reports and deliver instant reaction for each trade.
Darren Dreger of TSN was on NHL Live today and the topics discussed were Michel Therrien in Montreal, Roberto Luongo, Calgary's goaltending situation and Getzlaf and Perry status in Anaheim.
NEW YORK (January 12, 2013) – NHL Network-U.S. will televise 78 live games this regular season, focusing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and featuring eight double-headers, seven triple-headers and one quadruple-header. Regular-season coverage on NHL Network-U.S. gets underway on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET. with the New York Rangers in Boston to take on the Bruins.
On Saturday evenings, NHL Network-U.S. again will broadcast CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada programming beginning with the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. ET, and Coaches Corner and Hotstove intermission programming during live game broadcasts.
from David Rogers of Awful Announcing,
The NHL and NHLPA have reached a deal on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement. In summary, the agreement will pave the way for an abbreviated 48-game or 50-game season that will salvage the 2012-13 campaign. The news of the deal spread like wildfire online Sunday morning with news outlets, bloggers and fans on Twitter discussing and analyzing the deal and what lies ahead as soon as the story broke in the wee hours of the morning.
Except NHL Network.
If you flipped on NHL Network hoping to be filled in on the news of the tentative bargaining agreement or news on the shortened season, you were met with replays of the World Junior Championship.
Leave it to NHL Network to miss out on covering the biggest NHL story of the year.
NEW YORK (December 17, 2012) – The NHL Network-U.S. and NHL.com once again will offer fans in the United States the opportunity to watch live competition from the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia. The IIHF World Junior Championship features the top men's hockey players in the world under the age of 20 and is one of the top events on the world hockey calendar each year. Participating nations include Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
from the NHL Network,
NHL Network analysts have selected their favorite games of the 2011-12 regular season, and now those contests will all be re-aired this Saturday as part of the NHL Network Fan Vote: Experts’ Picks.
Beginning at 8 a.m. ET, Mike Johnson, E.J. Hradek, Craig Button and Dan Rosen will provide fans with their favorite games of last season, including the 2012 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic in Philadelphia and Sam Gagner’s unforgettable eight-point night in Edmonton.
Here are the games that will be shown Saturday:
Watch the TSN stream via the NHL Network below…
Show is from 12pm ET until 3pm.
It is time to prepare for the UFA period.
On the NHL Network-US, you can watch the TSN Free Agent Frenzy Show from 12:00pm ET until 3:00pm, then at 5:00pm, a special edition of NHL Tonight.
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