Monday, February 25, 2008

On deadline day

One more sleep.

I'm going to be here on the blog beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow, watching the television coverage and trying to analyze deals as they come through. What I'll do my best to also present here is the thoughts of the blogosphere, and if people want to email news and notes into me, I'll certainly put that info to good use.

Last year's experience tells us that the activity might be a little lean until close to the 3 p.m. deadline.

My advice for following the coverage online is to stick with sites like Spector and Kukla's Korner, who both offer a pretty comprehensive roundup throughout the day. As for what's on television, well, The Globe and Mail's Bill Houston had a good look at just how big this day has become for coverage:
TSN and Rogers Sportsnet will start their trade deadline coverage Tuesday at 8 a.m. (all times EST), their earliest planned starting time yet, and will go a full 10 hours to 6 p.m.

Not to be outdone, the Score, handicapped by starting too late last year, will be up and running at 7:30 a.m.
Sportsnet went a bit off the rails last year, and the audience turned away in droves, but it looks like they'll have a pretty solid panel this time around. TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, however, are the top "trade breakers" in any medium.

If you want it first, watch them.

TSN will be simulcast on the NHL Network for American viewers, while all three of TSN, Sportsnet and The Score will be streaming online.

Anyone going to work tomorrow morning?

A look at pending UFAs




At 1:49 p.m., February 25, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

CBC's even doing a 4 hour program in the afternoon on the deals, aren't they?

I guess I'll keep tabs online, but not through streaming video, just websites, blogs, etc. I wouldn't be able to stand a full day of Kypreos, Watters, Maguire, Dreger, and Strachan.

I find it strange that people find this more exciting than, you know, actually watching the games.

At 2:13 p.m., February 25, 2008, Anonymous PJ said...

Anyone going to work tomorrow morning?

Umm, yeah. I don't plan on wasting 8 hours on this when I can spend 20 minutes getting a recap on the internets after it is all over.

I too don't understand why people find this all so entertaining. The NHL Trade Deadline is turning into the next manufactured Hallmark holiday.

At 2:17 p.m., February 25, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

I'll just follow coverage on the internet, from work.


At 2:19 p.m., February 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This "event" has become such a joke thanks to TSN and Sportsnet desperation to cover all-things hockey. I truly believe that TSN has over-exposed us with their hockey coverage in the last 5-10 yrs. For example:

- Do we need a studio panel of 4 or 5 "experts" for a february regular season game
- They have taken almost all of the fun out of the World Junior tourney by broadcasting every tiny detail
- Most of the trade rumours (especially Sundin) have been created by Dreger and other TSN talking heads, and they created such a daily media storm, that Sundin's character has all of the sudden come into question

The fact is, this is a made for tv event that rarely gives anything to talk about.

At 3:36 p.m., February 25, 2008, Blogger Pseudonym said...

The most over-hyped day in the sporting world has to be the NHL trade deadline. Last year there were 50 deals done in the two weeks leading up to the deadline with 25 done on the last day. There were 3 big deals but the rest were minor deals that have no real impact at all - like the Leafs picking up Yanic Perreault. So far this year there have only been 2 deals so don't expect and flood on Tuesday.

The sports stations, both radio and TV, have dusk to dawn coverage. Talk about boring. What the heck are they going to talk about for 14 hours? Marty Reasoner for a 6th round draft pick. Petr Prucha for Mike Sillinger. Yeah that should keep audiences riveted for hours.

So where does this hype come from? It's the media just doing their job which is to increase viewers (TV), listeners (radio) and readers (newspapers) which increase advertisement revenue. They start the rumours like Tucker going to Calgary while nothing could be further from the truth. Then they ask players, coaches and managers if they have any comments about the rumours. Then the ask the same people what impact the rumours are having on them. It's a silly cycle. How many of these rumours are true? Maybe 0.1%.

At 4:26 p.m., February 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe only tangentially related, but whatever became of Eric Duhatschek? It's been weeks.

And agreed that it's been an excrutiating several weeks of amateur hour, people proposing trades with no chance of happening, wildly overrating their own team's castoffs, and willfully ignoring the legal and economic restrictions of the NHL. Anyhow, I hope few players move ... it's sad to see impact players waste their careers in Florida.

At 4:55 p.m., February 25, 2008, Blogger islesblogger said...

Not only am I not going to work, but I will be at the Coliseum from 11am until the end of the game that night.

We were invited to experience the behind the scenes action on deadline day. We will take in the practice, post practice media scrum, interview with Snow, ect. Should be interesting and from what I could tell somewhat boring in Islanders Country.

Thank god for Slingbox!


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