Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Where Was The NHL Network?

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.


Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, NHL Network, | KK Hockey | Permalink


Mandingo's avatar

I don’t even think the lights are turned on at their studios anymore. I considered turning on the NHL Network after I heard the news Sunday morning, but I figured why bother? I knew they weren’t going to have anything about it. Hell, it’ll probably be a week before they even take Craig Button’s high chair out of mothball.

NHL On The Fly is a decent highlights show and they occasionally play a classic game I want to watch, but the NHL Network is by far the worst league-owned cable station. It’s lacking is particularly striking with Comcast, since it’s one channel above the gold standard of league-operated channels, the MLB Network.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 01/07/13 at 12:22 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

NHL Network didn’t hear the news. They’ve all gone deaf from jamming Q-Tips in their ears for so long.

If only the WaxVac had come along sooner!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/07/13 at 12:24 PM ET


I’m guessing only the Commish&Dep; commish can comment on CBA matters;policy prevents all other NHL employees from commenting? Regardless, it was disappointing that a network dedicated to the NHL doesn’t provide NHL news?? Asinine.TSN isn’t a option for our cable provider here in Metro Detroit. KK does a great job with keeping us in the loop!

Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 01/07/13 at 12:38 PM ET


I turned on the NHL network first thing in the morning, around lunch, and toward the end of the day on Sunday and couldn’t believe they didn’t have any coverage.  They didn’t have anyone around to talk about what happened?  Do they have any live programming today?

That channel like the NHL is a joke.

Posted by tbassett on 01/07/13 at 12:42 PM ET


i agree…. i was dissapointed as well.  big difference between nhl network and other league networks.  NFL network is almost information overload at times.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/07/13 at 12:54 PM ET

Paul From Cali's avatar

BBC sports didn’t do anything either.  So what?  This isn’t Canada . The NHL is little more than a fringe sport in this country.  Didn’t surprise me that there was almost no tv coverage in this country.

Posted by Paul From Cali on 01/07/13 at 12:57 PM ET

Paul From Cali's avatar

That was supposed to be “NBC” sports…

Posted by Paul From Cali on 01/07/13 at 12:58 PM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

So what?  This isn’t Canada .

but it is THE NHL network.  Just sayin…

Posted by Tripwire32 from the binary digisphere on 01/07/13 at 12:59 PM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

That was supposed to be “NBC” sports…
Posted by Paul From Cali on 01/07/13 at 12:58 PM ET

oops, my bad. Now what you posted makes sense. apologies.

Posted by Tripwire32 from the binary digisphere on 01/07/13 at 01:00 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

They should have had NHL Network carrying the presser, or at least had a ticker feed at the bottom. I don’t regret cancelling my cable due to the lockout at this point.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/07/13 at 01:10 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

They could have at least grabbed TSN’s feed for us. It was a pretty embarrassing oversight.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 01/07/13 at 01:27 PM ET

Paul From Cali's avatar

It was on their bottom ticker and still is.

Posted by Paul From Cali on 01/07/13 at 01:29 PM ET


The NHL Network is a league-owned distribution channel for fluff.  It’s not, has never been and will never be anything remotely like a tool for hard news.

At best it’s apparatchik, so anything they had on there would have to be taken with a huge, huge dose of salt.

Honestly, if the NHL Network had done anything noteworthy they’d likely have just gotten mocked for the biased nature of it.

‘What a great day for hockey!  Welcome back fans, hey let’s get right to the projected lineups!  Get ready for the best year of hockey yet!’

It would have been pure schmaltz.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/07/13 at 01:41 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

We agree on something!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/07/13 at 01:59 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

I was wondering the same thing—I tend to avoid the computer on the weekends since I’m on one all day during the week. My wife saw on her tablet that the lockout was over and mentioned it to me. I flipped to NHLN periodically all afternoon and night, and it was always WJC re-runs. You’d think this news would’ve been big enough for them to call some of their studio show cast members in and do some analysis.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/07/13 at 02:19 PM ET


You’d think this news would’ve been big enough for them to call some of their studio show cast members in and do some analysis.

Since one of their talking heads is Gary Green, probably best they stayed in bed.

Posted by YouppiKiYay on 01/07/13 at 05:22 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

so glad I a have NHL on XM.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/07/13 at 05:53 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


Recommended Sportsbook