Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Steve on 08/16/06 at 03:54 PM ET
NHL Local TV Scheds Shaping Up.Hey everyone, I'm Steve, the new blogger here at KK. I'm very excited to be sharing all the news, notes and nuggets I can find around the league. I'm also a diehard Devils fan, which gives me an upper hand on Paul ('Till the next time they meet in the Finals). My main beat is the TV/Media aspect of hockey, and this is what my first posting has to do with. As the national TV schedule was released last week, teams now are starting to adjust a start time here or there and begin announcing where the local folks can watch their team when they aren't playing on Versus or NBC. Here are some notes from those recent announcements: -The Pittsburgh Penguins will have all 82 of their games on TV. FSN Pittsburgh will air 71 games, while the 11 others will be on national TV. FSN will also travel to Halifax and Moncton for two preseason games and air a documentary on Sidney Crosby's homecoming. Paul Steigerwald and Mike Lange flip flop jobs, as Steigerwald is the new TV voice, and Lange will get that dog off his lawn on the radio now. -The Pens' Pennsylvania rivals will also be on the idiot box all 82 games. Comcast Sportsnet will air 61 games, The CW affiliate in Philly will air 10, and the rest will be on the networks. -The Dallas Stars also give you the maximum in the Metroplex. 39 games will air on FSN Southwest, while 35 will air on MyNetwork TV 27 (Basically what used to be a UPN affiliate for those not in the know). Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh return to the mic. -The Avalanche will also have all games on the tube. Colorado network Altitude will air 72 games and air an "Inside the Avs" type magazine show every week. They'll also air a season preview. Mike Haynes and Peter McNab return to the booth. -The Blue Jackets will show 81 games in their market next season. For the first time, they'll get national recognition, with 6 games combined on Versus and NBC. Plus, FSN Ohio will air 75 games. Buffalo Sabre great Danny Gare joins veteran Jeff Rimer in th booth. -The Phoenix Coyotes will have 66 games on television this season. 40 will be aired by FSN Arizona, 25 by a local station in the desert, and one on Versus. Curt Keilback will call his 27th season with the franchise (Most of them in Winnipeg) and Darren Pang will also return to Phoenix. -The Stanley Cup Champion Hurricanes will have 55 games aired on FSN south, with 6 games combined on Versus and NBC. John Forslund and Tripp Tracy return. -Dan Kelly and Eddie Olczyk have been named the new team of the Chicago Blackhawks on Comcast Sportsnet. Which I must say is a terrific job, because you get to call hockey AND you get a lot of free time. More will be announced in the coming weeks, including additions to Versus' commentating team.
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