Monday, February 26, 2007

Waiting for deadline day

The NHL's trade deadline, at least in Canada, has become an extremely strange phenomenon.

Despite the fact that last season's deadline day passed without a single blockbuster deal (I believe Sergei Samsonov joining the Edmonton Oilers was the day's biggest news), the all-sports networks are all planning eight-plus hours of consecutive programming in a bid to grab as many of the hundreds of thousands of eyeballs tuned into see draft picks swapped for third liners on a Tuesday afternoon as they can.

The online sports division at The Globe and Mail is also getting on the bandwagon this year, and the paper will have its various hockey writers stationed in every Canadian NHL city tomorrow. I'll be in the Toronto newsroom beginning in the early hours, writing throughout the day at Globe on Hockey, and will be joined by a few members of our web staff as well as the minds behind the operation. I'll also do my best to give an inside look at how our coverage evolves over the day.

Eric Duhatschek, workhorse that he is, will also be churning out material nonstop on his own blog from his hockey-maestro perch in Calgary, and will also be putting together a column for the next day's paper based on what happens. Other reporters and columnists who will be filing include David Shoalts (Toronto), Tim Wharnsby, Grant Kerr (Vancouver), Dave Naylor (Ottawa), Al Maki and Bill Houston.

It's going to be a busy day.

Or at least I hope so. Because I can't help but think that maybe, just maybe, with TSN, Sportsnet, The Score and Globe Sports all aligned to churn out the information, there might not be any deals to speak of.

But that's crazy talk.

Here's hoping you'll be joining me tomorrow on the site, and feel free throughout the day to fire me an email if you have anything noteworthy to add.

As for pre-deadline day coverage, I'm scheduled to appear tonight on XM Radio's Home Ice channel between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. on the Ice Cap show. Lyle (Spector) Richardson, Eklund and others will also be making an appearance, so if you've got a satellite radio hookup, feel free to tune us in.



At 10:05 a.m., February 26, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

Fear not, James. There will be trades on deadline day.

It appears this year's is following the same pattern as most of the previous ones, that being almost all the big names get snapped up before the big day, leading to relatively minor moves on deadline day.

Still, what keeps folks riveted is the possibility of a blockbuster, of a major deal involving multiple players, such as the one between the Stars and Devils back in 2002 which saw Langenbrunner and Nieuwendyk head to New Jersey.

Those deals often don't happen on the day, but it's the possibility that keeps the fans hooked.

At 1:40 p.m., February 26, 2007, Blogger Mike Chen said...

Lyle, you, and Eklund?

Which one of these is not like the others?


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