Toronto Sports Media NHL Deadline Day

by TSM

Well, it’s one of the busiest sports media days of the year in Canada, along with NHL draft day, NHL free agent day, NHL trade deadline day is an annual event.

It’s literally all hands on every deck from coast to coast. A gazillion hours of programming waiting for something, anything to happen and then, no matter the size of it it gets analyzed to death.

It’s perhaps the fiercest day of competition between radio stations and tv stations as each network races to be first.

Having said all of that, it captures the audience for a full day and it’s good fun.

Here in Toronto it’s a bit unusual as there is usually a ton of rumors about the Maple Leafs from various outlets, however it seems to be the consensus that the Leafs are most likely to stand pat.

It’s also a day that coverage on twitter is phenomenal, it’s great fun watching along as things break and (don’t) as the commentary goes on and on and on.

So, having said that, it’s deadline day, where do you get your news? Sportsnet, TSN, Fan590, TSN 1050, Twitter, other blogs?????


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Jim Van Horne
Jim Van Horne
March 5, 2014 10:22 am

“back in the day” before the current extravaganzas, I was the trade deadline show…lol. I’d be writing my daily Sportsdesk Show at TSN and whewn a trade would break, I’d hi-tail it to the strudio and give and update. The it was back to the desk to keep getting ready for the daily half hours news program. Then Bob Mckenzie came on board and we’d announce the trades together, still while I was writing. Today, it’s a cast of thousands. I have to laugh when I see what’s happening now. BTW, Lester Mclean is one talented guy!!!!

March 5, 2014 10:43 am

Pending what is available were I am in the car Fan mostly and 1050 . If at home Sportsnet and TSN…just fun watching them both trying to be first to break a trade. In saying that Sportsnet has come along way from when they first start on trade dead line day.

Steve Clark
March 5, 2014 11:19 am

I’m all over Twitter, as I’m at work, but when it comes to personalities, I look at
1. Bob McKenzie
2. Nick Kypreos
3. Elliot Friedman

on the Web, I flip between both and

If I were at home, I’d probably go 70/30 on TSN and Sportsnet.

March 5, 2014 11:45 am

I completely avoid sports media today.

Hockey overload.


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March 5, 2014 5:41 pm

Bob jokingly said yesterdayhis show would be a no hockey zone: baseball, basketball, golf, even soccer.

So, i got home and the first voice at 5:03 on 590 was Maclean.


Mike S
Mike S
March 5, 2014 6:18 pm

Every year on trade deadline day I think back to when Sportsnet had Eklund on (behind a curtain) as one of their “insiders”…………I think that misguided experiment lasted only one year………..but this year they had PJ Stock on their show so apparently they are still struggling to get it right

March 6, 2014 1:10 pm

I avoid any sports radio of TV on ‘deadline day’. It’s a colossal waste of time and money….

March 7, 2014 3:30 pm

I can’t watch Sportsnet or listen to the FAN 590. I only watch TSN for news and pregame/postgame chatter/reporting. The ex-players, coaches and execs that TSN gets alone are enough for me, let alone comparing on-air hosts and reporters. The entire league watches TSN, that tells you all you need to know…(I have thrown Millard, Kypreos et al under the bus enough here before). Sportsnet is just terrible TV for the most part and I won’t watch it.

With social media and web site updates, the news is almost instant, so who cares which media outlet gets the news out a few seconds early? Its the quality of the reporting, the accuracy of the info and also the entertainment value of the shows. (Case in point, Kypreos “reporting” that Lars Eller would apparently be avaialble as trade bait to help the Habs get bigger…WTF??

TSN is king when it comes to sports coverage in Canada, I shudder to think of the next 12 years on Sportsnet – it matters not, I’ll get my info from TSN and watch all the other sports there that Sportsnet doesn’t have. Bettman will get what he asked for….

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