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Roberto Luongo as the TSN Intern and a cast of thousands also playing themselves.
via Darren Dreger tweets,
As discussed last night on Insider Trading...big options ahead for the Carolina Hurricanes. Ward trade likely in the summer. Other names...
..either Skinner or E.Staal also potentially in play. All depends on gm J.Rutherford's future and his decision to move up, stay same or out.
Also discussed on Insider Trading (watch here) was the future of Barry Trotz in Nashville, Peter Horacek in Florida and Bob Hartley in Calgary, the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Islanders.
Yes, the attention of the hockey fan has turned to the Olympics, so as a refresher, here are the Top 10 NHL Plays before the break, TSN style...
TSN recently picked their Top 10 Glove Saves of all-time...
Good the see the HockeyWebCaster back in business too.
from the Ottawa Senators,
The Ottawa Senators and Bell Media announced today they have reached a comprehensive new 12-year regional broadcast rights and corporate sponsorship agreement that will make TSN and RDS the official broadcasters of the Ottawa Senators through the 2025-2026 season.
Bell Media’s 12-year partnership with the Ottawa Senators includes five major components:
- English-language regional television broadcast rights for TSN – a minimum of 52 regular season and pre-season games
- French-language regional television broadcast rights for RDS – a minimum of 40 regular season and pre-season games
- English-language broadcast rights for TSN Radio 1200 – all games
- French-language radio broadcast rights – all games
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
There is some disagreement over the details of how it all happened, but a lot of people connected to the negotiations for the new Canadian NHL television contract think it was a question of attitude as much as the dollars behind the NHL’s decision to dump BCE Inc. and TSN for Rogers Communications Inc. and Sportsnet.
Separate sources say when negotiations opened between the NHL and TSN to extend its contract for the broadcast rights in Canada, executives from the all-sports cable network and its parent company could have showed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman a little more respect. Instead, sources say, the message delivered to Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly was TSN carried the NHL’s water for many years and the network was prepared to pay only so much to carry on the relationship – so the league should sit down and sign a contract.
For example, sources say, BCE president and chief executive officer George Cope never became involved in the negotiations. At the same time, Rogers president and CEO Nadir Mohamed played a “very” important role in the talks, according to someone close to Bettman. Those who know Bettman say he has a keen idea of how important the NHL is to certain businesses and markets.
Also, Bettman takes a dim view of those who do not share that view – especially those who are supposed to be partners of the league.
Goaltender Carey Price: Ranked No. 51
Goaltender Corey Crawford: Stanley Cup-winning goalie
Goaltender Craig Anderson: 2012-13 NHL-leading save percentage: .941
Left winger Chris Kunitz: First Team All-Star in 2012-13
Defenceman Francois Beauchemin: Second Team All-Star in 2012-13
Teams With the Most Players on Top 50
Chicago: 5 (Toews, Kane, Keith, Hossa, Sharp)
Pittsburgh: 4 (Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Neal)
Boston: 4 (Chara, Bergeron, Lucic, Krejci)
Los Angeles: 4 (Kopitar, Doughty, Quick, Brown)
That's from TSN regarding their Top 50 Players Ranking
For the first time, TSN's Top 50 ranking was determined by a group of 14 NHL coaches and general managers, representing seven Eastern Conference teams and seven Western Conference teams.
This year's NHL on TSN Top 50 Players features nine new players, four goalies, 10 defencemen and 26 players from Canada.
read on for the list and more...
The Top 50 plays of the 2013 NHL season, TSN style.
After a night of partying in LA, the NHL on TSN panel wakes up with a random stranger, and one less member of the panel. Follow their journey as they look to retrace their steps and find the lost Aaron Ward.
The TSN hockey panel sat down tonight to discuss (TSN video) some the players who are still available at this time.
The same panel also discussed (TSN video) the Toronto/Vancouver/Calgary goalie situation, which I have a feeling we will be hearing more of the same early tomorrow.
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.
Bob McKenzie when asked by James Duthie if the NHL will be going to Sochi...
It's highly likely, just short of a forgone conclusion, that the National Hockey League will be shutting down for 16 days in the middle of next season...
What could stop the NHL from allowing the players to participate... Watch TSN's Insider Training show to find out.
Joining Duthie and McKenzie are Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun.
TSN witth the story on Sochi, including will Babcock coach Team Canada and will Brian Burke run Team USA.
The first half of the interview on the NHL Network is spent on rookie talk, will they stay in the NHL or not? The next topic is Jason Arnott followed by the hot NHL teams, surprises and how will it all shake out.
TORONTO (January 24, 2013) – Overnight data from BBM Canada confirms that last night’s NHL ON TSN match-up featuring Toronto @ Pittsburgh was watched by an average audience of 1.4 million viewers – the network’s most-watched regular season NHL game since 2009.
Overall, nearly 4.8 million Canadians watched some part of the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Audience levels peaked at 2.2 million viewers on TSN with just under two minutes left in the third period.
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.
NEW YORK (June 25, 2012) – NHL Network U.S. will simulcast TSN2’s live coverage of the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement tomorrow, June 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement will be made by Bill Hay, Hockey Hall of Fame CEO and Chairman of the Board, along with Co-Chairs of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn.
Some of the first-year eligible players for the Hockey Hall of Fame include Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan, Mats Sundin, Jeremy Roenick, Curtis Joseph, Gary Roberts and Claude Lemieux.
TSN’s Steve Kouleas hosts the coverage and is joined by TSN and NHL Network analyst Mike Johnson and Steve Dryden, Managing Editor of NHL on TSN. Reporter Ryan Rishaug will report live from the Hockey Hall of Fame.
NHL Network’s Cisco NHL Live at 5:00 p.m. ET and NHL Tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET will provide additional coverage of the announcement.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
There are NHL playoff rating and then there are Canadian NHL playoff ratings. As expected, the upset of Vancouver in Round 1 almost halved the numbers CBC garnered in 2011’s Round 2, when the Canucks defeated Nashville. CBC’s coverage of the Washington/New York Rangers series averaged over 1.5 million viewers (all ratings +2) a game while the New Jersey/Philadelphia series averaged over 1.4 million viewers a game (for a 1.49 M. average in Round 2).
By comparison, the Canucks’ playoff games in 2011 averaged 2.8 million viewers a game, pushing CBC’s average rating per game to a healthy 2.16 million. The ratings would not have been as high had the Ottawa Senators made it past Round 1 this year, but they still would have trumped the all-American series just concluded. The last time no Canadian teams made it past Round 1 was 1996 when games averaged 1.36 M.
more plus some talk on CBC may be out bid on the next Canadian TV contract…
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Reporting has become a perilous business in the era of social media, shaved to seconds, not hours, in the pursuit of scoops and breaking news.
Using Twitter, Facebook and other Internet outlets, news is instantaneous. As we’ve seen in innumerable gaffes on these platforms lately, there is precious little time for reflection or fact-checking.
Nowhere was the breath-taking speed more conspicuous than last Monday’s NHL trade deadline day, where scoops – when they finally arrived in earnest five hours into the network TV shows – came quickly. By our count, Rogers Sportsnet nudged slightly ahead of TSN on the scoop category (the prized pelt of BlackBerry journalism) in relation to the 15 deals of the day.
But how do TSN and Sportsnet fact-check under the white-hot glare of instant deadlines? Do they use the same protocols? Is there time for a background call to verify trade details when your opponent can trump you in a heartbeat?
From Kerry Fraser at TSN.ca:
Throughout my career I was called into many games like the recent Bruins-Sabres rematch where bad blood was still brewing from a previous incident or even a brawl. I loved the excitement and the challenge of being pressed into inaction for these types of encounters. One such assignment change involved the Boston Bruins and the Hartford Whalers.
I was at home in Sarnia, Ontario with a very rare weekend off. Early Sunday morning, I was abruptly awakened from a sound sleep by a telephone call from Director of Officiating John McCauley. In typical McCauley fashion he said, “Hey Big Guy (an oxymoron to say the least), wake up - I need you to catch a plane to Hartford for a game tonight.”
I thought that one of my colleagues must have been injured the night before for John to assign me to a game on such short notice. My thought in this regard was reinforced by the fact that John attempted to give each one of his officials the very occasional weekend at home during the season and would only alter it if there was an emergency. John obviously thought it was an emergency; not through injury however but a call to arms!
McCauley went on to tell me that Boston and Harford had played the night before in the Garden and it had resulted in a real mess. Full line brawls and excessive stick related incidents erupted throughout the game. The real storyline (and need for me to go to Hartford for the rematch McCauley lamented) was because of the telephone calls he had received immediately after the game from both teams’ general managers and coaches complaining how horrible the referee had been in that game. According to both sides, it is a small miracle that none of their players were injured, maimed or killed!
Click here for more great stories from former NHL officiating great Kerry Fraser.
As summer draws to a close, Winnipeggers are hungrier than ever for hockey. The chance to host the best in the game has Jets fans salivating – especially those lucky enough to get season tickets.
More than 300 of the NHL’s regular season contests will be televised by the League’s national broadcast partners during the 2011-12 season.
The League unveiled the national television schedule for the upcoming season Thursday, highlighted by the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere games and a Friday matinee on NBC the day after Thanksgiving.
Press release from the NHL is below:
I didn’t know he had UFA status…
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Couldn’t be happier to welcome @Real_ESPNLeBrun to the TSN family. Fantastic journalist + great adition to our insider team. Welcome Pierre!
added 4:42pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Welcome to @Real_ESPNLeBrun , who joins TSN family. Pierre continues his fine work at espn.com but his CDN broadcasting rights now with TSN.
added 5:34pm, from TSN,
In his new role at TSN, LeBrun will work closely with TSN’s team of Hockey Insiders and analysts breaking news and delivering in-depth analysis on TSN’s slate of hockey programs and specials. Fans can expect to see LeBrun regularly on NHL ON TSN, SportsCentre, That’s Hockey, and That’s Hockey 2Nite as well as a contributor to TSN’s extensive TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY and NHL ENTRY DRAFT coverage.
From Bob McKenzie of TSN, via Twitter:
FLA Panthers say they have “major announcement” scheduled for tomorrow. Won’t be surprised if it’s to name Kevin Dineen as new head coach.
Numerous other pundits chiming in agree with McKenzie’s assessment. Press conference is expected at 3pm ET on Wednesday.
Update 5:04pm ET: From TSN:
The Florida Panthers have scheduled a Wednesday press conference where they will announce former NHLer Kevin Dineen as their next head coach.
Dineen, 47, has spent the past six years as the head coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, and won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach, as voted by members of the media, in his first season behind the bench.
We posted about this last night, but today CalgaryFlames.com provides more details of Jarome Iginla’s trip (along with Jayna Hefford and Marie-Philip Poulin, both members of Canada’s gold medal winning women’s hockey team of 2010) to Afghanistan this week:
The entourage arrived at 10:00 a.m. Kandahar time and stepped off the plane into 38 C temperatures. At that point Iginla became the first active National Hockey League player to pay a visit to troops in the field. The first stop was the outdoor ball hockey rink. It was here that [TSN’s Gord] Miller realized what he had known for a long time—the Flames captain is a special human being.
“He stood on that concrete floor for two hours talking and signing autographs and having his picture taken. Then he played ball hockey for 15 minutes in that heat,” said Miller.
The group attended various functions including a tour of the Task Force Kandahar Headquarters, a commemorative wreath laying and a social barbecue with troops. At the later, many of the troops who had taken photos earlier in the day had printed them for Iginla to sign.
“I know people in Calgary know what kind of person Jarome is. But he was incredible. It underlies the character of the guy,” said Miller. “I can honestly say I have never seen anyone that patient, that kind, with everyone. He asked some great questions. He was unbelievable. He had time for everyone. He just made everyone feel good.”
Top sound bites from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
TSN RADIO 1050 is live on the air!
Mike Richards kicked things off for the highly-anticipated all-sports radio station, as THE MIKE RICHARDS SHOW went live in the Greater Toronto area on AM 1050 and nationally online at TSN.ca and on TSN MOBILE, at 5:30am ET this morning.
Richards, whose show runs weekdays from 5:30AM to 10AM ET, is just one of the attractions highlighting the station’s programming schedule. THE MIKE RICHARDS SHOW will be followed by a morning talk show hosted by veteran broadcaster Bryan Hayes. At Noon ET, Steve Kouleas hosts THAT’S HOCKEY 2DAY, a can’t miss show with the playoffs heating up. At 4:00PM ET, James Cybulski takes over for the afternoon drive slot, hosting CYBULSKI and COMPANY.
I have had numerous emails, asking about trade deadline coverage on Monday, February 28th.
Here is what I know and an official release should be coming out soon.
NHL Network US will have the TSN feed from 8:00am - 6:00pm ET
NHL Network CA and NHL.com streaming- Nhl Live from 12:00pm - 4:00[m ET.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Cable sports channel TSN is seriously considering starting its own sports radio network to challenge the FAN 590 in Toronto and the rest of the country, The Globe and Mail has learned.
The challenge would ratchet up the corporate rivalry between Rogers Communications Inc. and CTV Inc. for the sports audience in Canada. The FAN is owned by Rogers, and TSN by CTV Inc.
“Will there be a branded TSN radio coming up soon? I’d say we’re looking at it for sure,” TSN president Stewart Johnson said. “It could be a matter of a branded content as opposed to a branded station, or it could be making better use of our guys. … But it’s a possibility.”
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
What if they held a hockey tournament in the middle of the forest and no one noticed? That was an accurate description of the world junior hockey championship until TSN decided in 1991 to make the annual event into something on the order of the Super Bowl. Or bigger. The prescient decision to commit the entire network to the efforts of under-20 players over the length of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday break proves yet again that television defines the event, not the other way around.
Certainly, the tournament is no indicator of NHL success as the John Slaneys, Justin Pogges and Marty Murrays have shown. Canada’s dominance of the junior event hasn’t necessarily predicted Olympic dominance either. But captured in the moment by TV, the juniors’ passionate embrace of the Maple Leaf blurs rational description.
In the days before it obtained its current full complement of the NHL’s TV package, TSN was looking around for a signature hockey property to fill its schedule. CBC had carried some of the earlier world junior tournaments since their inception in 1977, but the event was overshadowed at the Corp. by Hockey Night in Canada. It also fell on the holidays, leading some to think no one would watch during a time saturated with traditional football bowl games.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Former Canadiens forward Mike Johnson isn’t on team charters any longer, now boarding commercial flights for his broadcast assignments as a hockey analyst for TSN and the NHL Network….
In the studio and broadcast booths, Johnson cherishes remaining close to the game he loves. And he’s not afraid to speak his mind, aware that players who in many cases were teammates or opponents are among those he critiques.
“At times, I might be critical of players who are vastly superior to me,” he said. “But if I’m going to say something on the air that’s critical, it’s something I’d also say to the person’s face and be able to defend.”
Text messages will fly back and forth: “Hey Mike, I hear you took a shot at me on the show ...” might get the lighthearted reply: “Don’t fall down and I won’t be able to say anything.”
With no formal training, Johnson listens to as much as he watches the games he’s not working. He’ll seek out feedback from industry veterans “and try to develop good habits and watch for ways to improve, as I did when I played.”
Love RDS but wish you could watch the Habs in English more often than, say, the odd Saturday? I carry good news.
TSN announced this afternoon that they are now the exclusive regional English-language broadcaster of the Montreal Canadiens. TSN will carry 24 Habs games this season, and at least 30 over for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Okay, having cleared our throat… here’s how we’ve rated the Canadian network TV raters
After 40 Minutes (Hockey Night In Canada): They used to say Fred Astaire gave Ginger Rogers class and she gave him sex appeal. Well, Kelly Hrudey has given the frothing Mike Milbury a little class and Milbury has given Hrudey a dash of passion. The combination has spawned the go-to 2010 playoff panel.
Typically, Milbury rants about the enervation of the sport (in one fit of pique, he walked off the set, half in jest, half in earnest). Meanwhile, Hrudey has become the Jackson Pollock of the telestrator, putting computerized squiggles on the strategic bones of the game. It works because Milbury’s unpredictability and Hrudey’s pointed barbs about the San Jose Sharks or Roberto Luongo carry bite. It also seems to focus host Ron MacLean into his best work. Now if they would stop sapping the energy by going to P.J. Stock in his video prison set. Rating: B+
TSN: Their panels change so rapidly during the playoffs, it’s a wonder they don’t get a too-many-men-on-the-set penalty….
Of course no NHL games tonight, but we do have hockey related shows.
The 201 NHL Entry Draft Drawing can be watched on Versus and TSN beginning at 8:00pm ET.
The NHL Network has their Western Conference Playoff Preview show beginning at 8:00pm ET and repeated at the top of the hour.
CBC has their Stanley Countdown Show at 8 :00pm.local, 8:30 NT or CBCSports.ca (Canadian IPs only), 7:00pm ET.
NEW YORK (March 1, 2010) –The countdown to Wednesday’s NHL Trade Deadline (Mar. 3 at 3:00 p.m. ET) is on as NHL teams position themselves for the six-week push to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Wall-to-wall coverage on NHL.com begins today with a team of correspondents in every NHL city to cover player transactions, draft pick exchanges and all the latest trade news. A panel of writers, analysts and guests will provide up-to-the-minute reports, break down trades and delve into historical Trade Deadline moves that lead to great stretch runs and eventual Stanley Cup victories.
Digital coverage includes a trade ticker and mobile tracker, official confirmation of trades from NHL’s Central Registry office and analysis with special guests including a pair of former NHL general managers—Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman and Craig Button. Trade deadline coverage on NHL.com is sponsored by Hungry Man in Canada.
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
How big is the world junior hockey championship?
Let’s start with the gold medal game on Tuesday outdrawing the 2009 Grey Cup, which set an audience record of its own.
And let’s add that the Canada-U.S. showdown ranks as the most watched telecast of any kind in Canada since 2005.
The TSN audience is also the sixth largest for a Canadian telecast dating back to 1994.
Top 10 Plays of the past week.
According to the hockey experts gathered by the NHL on TSN, the Stanley Cup champion is…tougher to pick than ever. In trying to get a consensus pre-season pick from a panel of 13 experts, seven different teams earned votes. The defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers, however, attracted the most attention, earning three votes each.
“I like the Pittsburgh Penguins,” said Peter Laviolette. “There’s a lot of good teams, very good teams, in the National Hockey League, but the Penguins have the two best players in hockey in (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeny) Malkin.”
Ray Ferraro picked the Flyers to beat the Vancouver Canucks for the Stanley Cup, and Pierre McGuire agreed.
TSN welcomes a new recruit to its roster with NHL coach Craig MacTavish joining the NHL ON TSN broadcast team as a guest analyst for the 2009-10 season.
MacTavish will have 25 appearances in studio, making his broadcast debut on Monday, Sept. 21 during the pre-season game featuring Pittsburgh @ Montreal at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2.
from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,
Is it just me or does the Hockey Night In Canada theme song lost it’s luster now that is on TSN?
They have completely over used the jingle, playing it at every opportunity. And they gave it a terrible accompanying video montage.
Meanwhile CBC has come up with a catchy tune which I think I might actually like better.
Sportscentre counts down the most creative to the downright best shootout goals from the first half of the season.
CTV Inc. confirmed today that the Barenaked Ladies rendition of the iconic “The Hockey Theme” will debut on NHL ON TSN on New Year’s Eve Dec. 31. A special high definition video of the band performing the Delores Claman classic will air during the first intermission of the “Battle of Alberta” with the Edmonton Oilers taking on the Calgary Flames at 10pm ET on TSN.
The Juno Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Barenaked Ladies recorded their own bluegrass version of “The Hockey Theme” last month giving the song lyrics for the first time.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown big increases.
At the CBC, the Hockey Night in Canada viewership has grown in all time slots, with the pregame show making the largest gain. It’s averaging 527,000 viewers, for an increase of 56 per cent over last year.
The Game 1 audience is 1.348 million, up 13 per cent.
Game 2’s 763,000 is 19 per cent higher than last year.
TSN’s NHL telecasts have an average audience of 496,000 viewers, up 21 per cent from last year.
Behind the scenes look at opening of TSN’s hockey broadcasts.
TSN has added two big names to its roster with NHL coach John Tortorella and 18-year NHLer Ray Ferraro joining NHL on TSN for the 2008-09 season.
Tortorella moves directly from behind an NHL bench into the TSN studio, making his broadcast debut as part of the NHL on TSN panel for 60 games, including weekly appearances on TSN’s marquee Wednesday Night Hockey telecasts. The 16-year NHL coaching veteran and 2004 Jack Adams Trophy winner will appear alongside studio host James Duthie and Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger.
Ferraro will work approximately 30 games as a game analyst, making his NHL on TSN debut in the broadcast booth October 14…