Eklund to join Sportsnet panel
We are very happy to announce that Eklund will be in Toronto and on the set for Sportnet Canada's Trade Deadline Show that will run from 10-6 pm on Tuesday, February 27 from coast to coast in Canada. Eklund will join Nick Kypreos, Bill Watters, Daren Millard, and an all-star cast...Sportsnet has been down this road before, as back during the beginning of last season, anonymous blogger Eklund was (for a short time anyway) one of the network's web-based columnists.
The trade deadline has become somewhat of a circus on Canadian television, with all three sports-only networks (TSN, Sportsnet and The Score) going all out in an attempt to 'break' the day's various deals. Recent years have seen the creation of eight-hour panel shows, which is where Eklund will come in. (My understanding is that he'll be in a booth with his face concealed, working his various sources all the while.)
Over at Hockey's Future, there's an expansive thread discussing the move, one in which the thread-starter HamiltonBruins lays out the disparity between the two panels:
TSN: Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie, Gord Miller, Pierre McGuire, James DuthieAnd that doesn't even mention the extra 'talent' TSN is likely to bring aboard for the special occasion.vs.SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos, Bill Watters, Daren Millard, Eklund
Dreger jumped ship from Sportsnet to TSN in July, leaving a gaping hole in the network's "breaking news" team, so it'll be interesting to see just how the battle shapes up.
One would think TSN will have a decided advantage, but you never do know. My guess is that there'll more than a few curious onlookers tuning in to see how Sportsnet — and their newest addition — fare against the best in the business.