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Contract Extension For Bob McKenzie, AAV Not Disclosed

from TSN,

With the puck dropping on the new hockey season, Canada’s Sports Leader announced today that TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie has signed a five-year contract extension that will see him continue to keep hockey fans informed across all TSN platforms through the 2024-25 season.

In the 2019-20 season, McKenzie will continue to do what he’s been doing for more than 30 years at TSN – being the most-trusted news and information voice in the hockey community, and a ubiquitous presence across TSN platforms.

Starting next season, McKenzie will evolve his role at Canada’s Sports Leader while continuing to focus his industry-leading analysis on TSN’s coverage of the World Juniors, TSN Draft Ranking specials, select LEAFS ON TSN games, and, of course, TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, and more.

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Watching UFA Day On TSN

TORONTO (July 4, 2016) – With plenty of free agency fireworks to talk about, Canadians made this year’s FREE AGENT FRENZY on TSN a record-breaker. Overnight data from Numeris confirms TSN’s seven-hour FREE AGENT FRENZY broadcast on Canada Day (July 1) attracted an average audience of317,000 viewers – making it the most-watched FREE AGENT FRENZY ever.

FREE AGENT FRENZY marked a 7% increase in average audience compared to last year’s edition. In total, 2.3 million unique Canadian viewers tuned in to watch TSN’s FREE AGENT FRENZY, with audience levels peaking at 531,000 viewers just after 12:30 p.m. ET.

Throughout FREE AGENT FRENZY, TSN Digital platforms attracted more than 500,000 video views and nearly 1.3 million unique visitors. All summer long, fans can head to TSN.ca for news on free agent signings and trades as they break during the off-season.

On Twitter, #FREEAGENTFRENZY was a top trend in Canada throughout the day.

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Video- The Talented TSN Guys

via TSN,

The coach's challenge has become one of the most controversial rules in hockey, taking countless goals off the board and dividing our hockey nation. The TSN Hockey panel responded to the firestorm the only way they know how, by making a song about it.


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James Duthie On The Trade Deadline

from Scott Stinson of the National Post,

James Duthie remembers the point at which NHL trade deadline day officially became something of a farce.

It was three years ago, and Duthie was into his fifth hour of hosting TradeCentre on TSN when the first deal was finally consummated: Rob Flick for Maxime Sauvé. Two minor leaguers.

“I got one of them on the phone,” Duthie says, “and my first question was, ‘Who are you?’”

That year, 2013, there were 16 trades on deadline day, the most significant of which involved Ottawa dealing its backup goaltender to Tampa Bay. There had been just 12 trades a year earlier, as NHL general managers collectively realized that deadline day was not a great time to reshape a team. And yet here were the country’s two sports networks covering the event as though it was the Allies landing at Normandy.

They still are. On Monday TSN will have 10 hours of TradeCentre while Sportsnet will do the same with Trade Central. Wall-to-wall coverage of what is likely to be a lot of dead air and a bunch of middling trades.


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Chad Johnson Not Happy With Tanking Topic From TSN

from Mike Harrington Of The Buffalo News,

New Sabres goalie Chad Johnson was quite a punchline yesterday and he's not happy about it.

The Sabres traded Michal Neuvirth to the New York Islanders for Johnson, and it's obvious to anyone in hockey it was because the red-hot Neuvirth -- and not any opposing player -- was the biggest threat to the organizational goal of finishing in 30th place.

TSN, the Canadian media giant doing wall-to-wall trade deadline coverage, called Johnson when the trade was completed and bombarded him with questions about tanking. Johnson immediately shot them down by pointing out players are paid to compete and try to win.

Unprompted today, Johnson brought up the interview again with Buffalo reporters and was not happy with how the network orchestrated it.

"That whole TSN thing bothered me a little bit," said Johnson, 28. "I was asked to do an interview with them, they called me and I'm sitting on hold while they're saying what they have the right to say. But it was obviously a little disrespectful for them to have me on hold listening to what they have to say and then bring me on line to ask me these questions while they sort of bash me or whatever it is.


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TSN And Sportsnet On Trade Deadline Day

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

TSN was the clear winner over Sportsnet in the annual battle for best telecast on the NHL’s trade-deadline day. But it was not simply a case of having the funniest and most insightful broadcasters.

TSN’s presentation on a deadly dull day as far as the trades went, with the biggest ones made in advance of Monday afternoon’s deadline, was a clear artistic success. The network did make the biggest mistake of the day in allowing a moronic, vulgar tweet about a couple of Toronto Maple Leafs players to flash across the screen but its panelists were funny, frank and irreverent with former Leafs head coach Ron Wilson leading the way. More on him later but Wilson has either just signed a long contract with TSN or has his retirement income set because his comments on tanking to get the Connor McDavid draft pick ensure it will be a long time before he is hired to coach in the NHL again.

Sportsnet, on the other hand, played it straight. There were some light moments and some decent insights, such as former Pittsburgh Penguin Colby Armstrong talking about how he learned from his mother that he was traded off Sidney Crosby’s line to the sad-sack Atlanta Thrashers in 2008 and how emotional it was to watch from the stands as they played the Stanley Cup final. But for the most part it was the standard stuff from their panels as they waited for the blockbuster deals that never came.

However, this was not the fault of the Sportsnet broadcasters and producers. Their hands were tied once their corporate masters handed over $5.2-billion for a 12-year contract to become the Canadian national broadcast “partner” of the NHL. Being a partner of the NHL means never offending the league and never poking serious fun at it.


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

via TSN,

The Insiders have the latest on the possible discipline facing Sudbury Wolves coach Paul Fixter after he cursed at a reporter, Leon Draisaitl's nine-game mark and more.

watch it at TSN and in regards to Paul Fixter, watch what happened below...

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Video- The Stanley Cup Is The Common Connection

A TSN promo...


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Video- Roberto Luongo, TSN Intern

Roberto Luongo as the TSN Intern and a cast of thousands also playing themselves.


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The Latest Hockey Talk

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.

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Video- Remember The NHL?

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...

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Video- You Want Glove Saves?

TSN recently picked their Top 10 Glove Saves of all-time...


Good the see the HockeyWebCaster back in business too.

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Ottawa Senators Announce New Broadcast Partnership

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

- Telecommunications


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What Happened With TSN?

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.


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General Managers And Coaches Pick The Top 50 NHL Players

Who's Missing?

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...

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Video- Watch This And Get 23 Minutes Closer To The NHL Season

The Top 50 plays of the 2013 NHL season, TSN style.

Watch below...

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Video- TSN Goes Hollywood

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.


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The Talk On Deadline Eve

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.


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Video- Darren Dreger Discusses A Few NHL Topics

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.


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Talking Sochi

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.

added 9:31pm,

TSN witth the story on Sochi, including will Babcock coach Team Canada and will Brian Burke run Team USA.

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What’s Bob McKenzie Talking About?

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.


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Watching TSN

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. 

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Watch Free Agent Frenzy

Watch the TSN stream via the NHL Network below…

Show is from 12pm ET until 3pm.

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Preparation Is Key

It is time to prepare for the UFA period.

TSN UFA Tracker

Sportsnet Free Agent Signing Tracker

CBC Live Blog/Free Agent Tracker

NHL.com Free Agency Blog

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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Watching The HHOF Induction Announcement

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.

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Video- 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs In Review

TSN style…

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Video- The Top 10 All-Time Moments From The Stanley Cup Final

TSN style…

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Canadian TV Ratings For Round 2

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…

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Instant Updates- Getting It Right Should Be First Priority

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?


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All About Revenge

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.

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Video- This Season’s Top 10 Players According To TSN

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The Revolution Will Be Televised


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.

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  Tags: blake+wheeler, dale+hawerchuk, tsn

National NHL Broadcast Schedules Released

From NHL.com:

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.

Broadcaster schedules 2011-12:

Press release from the NHL is below:


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  Tags: cbc, media, nbc, rds, tsn, tv+schedule, versus

LeBrun Signs With TSN

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.


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Report: Kevin Dineen to be Panthers New Head Coach

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.

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Iginla a Hit in Kandahar

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.”


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  Tags: gord+miller, jarome+iginla, jayna+hefford+and+marie-philip+poulin, tsn

Video- Just Listen, TSN Style

Top sound bites from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Another Listening Option

from TSN,

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.

continued and to listen live...

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Trade Deadline Coverage

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.

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TSN Radio?

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.”


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Watching The WJC

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.


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Mike Johnson - NHL Analyst

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.”


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Great news for English speaking Habs fans

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.

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Watching The Experts

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….


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Hockey Related Viewing Tonight

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.

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What’s It Like To Be Bob McKenzie?

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Your Trade Deadline Coverage

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.

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TSN Style- Top 10 Plays Of The Week

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Huge Audience Watched WJC 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.


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Plays Of The Week - TSN Style

Top 10 Plays of the past week.

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