NHL Trade Deadline Review

NHL Trade Deadline Review

By TSM

It’s that feeling you have when awoken early on a Monday morning that your basement is currently covered in 4 inches of water! Yes, I got to spend my Monday dealing with a flooded basement. So while I was dealing with insurance companies and contractors I was able to catch some of the NHL deadline coverage on TV and some of the new fan Fan 590 morning show.

First on the morning show. I enjoyed it. It was one day, and they had A list guests lined up so it wasn’t as much about the host as it was the content. I will say that it felt like George Rusic was REALLY TRYING hard. His shitck felt forced. Literally day one, but I was impressed.

Trade deadline day really is a day of nhl chatter in excess.

It is quite amazing that two television stations start spewing information on the subject at 8am. At the same time 2 radio stations are going full time on the same subject and then countless number of online chats, website coverage when in reality twitter does the best job of all.

Honestly, would the coverage be any worse if they tv/radio coverage started at noon?

The highlight of the day was TSN letting a fan tweet appear on the air about Maple Leaf Jeoffrey Lupul. All the newspapers covered the story and TSN tweeted out a public apology.

I thought Mike Johnson did a really good job on Sportsnet, and may have been their MVP today.

Ron Wilson’s ‘I hope the Maple Leaf players do well while the team loses was funny. His admission that a GM (Caps???) asked him to tank was fascinating

TSN’s use of Llamas was weak.

The problem wasn’t the lack of trades, it was the lack of meaningful trades. Quantity wasn’t a problem. Quality????

I found the fact that a few players were informed of their trade by the tv stations a little bit disturbing.

Calgary’s mental !@#!@#!@ on the media was hilarious.

The media discrediting of Eklund’s tweets was very funny.

I loved McCown’s take on Kessel which can be found here:

In the end, McKenzie, Dreger, Kypreos, Friedman were all as expected, good.

I thought Pierre Mcguire offered little in value. Where Pierre Lebrun was good.

I liked Chris Johnston. Simmons and Arthur were entertaining. I thought Michael Farber was not.

Doug MacLean is better when he’s animated. He wasn’t today. Jeff O’Neil was animated. Aaron Ward was too.

I thought Darren Millard and James Duthie, but especially Millard did a good job moving things along despite the lacklustre material.

The band on TSN playing music???? Lame.

Willie Mitchell ripping Glen Healy???? GOLD!

The Jordyn Leopold letter asking that her daughter be traded was great. The tweets wishing that Crosby or other stars had kids in Toronto #priceless.

Special hat tip to Strombo. I tweeted that I found it odd what a minor role he was playing today given his “host” presence on Rogers hockey. He tweeted back ” love doing interviews and radio on these days. Dig into the human side. Saturdays are for hosting :)” Good on you George!

Sorry if missed a critique on anyone else on any of the shows I had my mind on floating objects on the home front.

Back to the bailing buckets, pardon the typos!

TSM

COMMENTS

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    Darrell 4 years ago

    Outside of having Ron Wilson, as an analyst and of course Pierre McGuire (goes without saying), TSN was a definite winner in my view vs. Sportsnet.

    I woke up around 7 AM today and listened to like 5 minutes of that idiot on the morning show and heard him tell callers to dial “416-870-EDGE” (strike one already!). Clicked off and won’t be back!

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    Frank 4 years ago

    Ever since the cap was instituted the trade deadline day has been a snooze fest. Gone are the days of large scale swaps of big names. The dollars involved given salary restraints simply negate the possibility. The big deals will be limited to the off season when teams recalibrate and can go over the cap (before the season begins that is). It’s too painful to watch all these hockey pucks blab on about third and fourth line players or fifth and sixth defencemen as if it’s even remotely noteworthy or consequential. Talk about getting all worked up and overkill coverage for nothing. Consider vermette was the biggest name player moved and it’s been like this for the last handful of years. Bit players moved for other bit players = must NOT see tv.

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    Frank 4 years ago

    Healy deserves to be ripped. He’s your classic ass clown who knows nothing and thinks he’s funny. Like cox he thinks he knows it all, yet knows jack. A literal and figurative square head.

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    HUNTER 4 years ago

    Not only did he give out the wrong phone number 416-870-EDGE he also mispronounced one of the Leafs players names. LOL

    Am morning radio in Toronto is atrociously bad. The last several years i just turn on 680 news for 20-30 mins for news sports weather updates listen to what’s going on then i turn the radio off until 5-6 pm for evening updates with Naylor or McCown.

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    peacefulpostert 4 years ago

    The Llamas and the musical interludes were a clear nod to the silliness of trade deadline day. Good on TSN for making fun of themselves.

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    HUNTER 4 years ago

    Blundell: To Blue Jays pitcher Norris…”so how’d yesterday go did you pitch against the blue or grey team or something like that i’m not really sure how that all works?!” LOL

    Then at end of his awful interview Blundell asks Norris…”so are you pitching today?”…after a pause Norris replies…”ah no…I pitched yesterday!” LOL

    Clearly Blundell knows jack about sports he knows even less than Andrew Krystal. This is going to be another train wreck like the Krystal fiasco and the Rogers brass needs to be held accountable.

    Just let Brady walk back to Detroit and give the 1-4 slot to Marek then when Rogers gets fed up with complaints about another morning show host who doesn’t know sports move Marek to mornings. Marek has lots of experience hosting sports shows he knows his stuff can talk maturely has a good voice and is not an annoying whiney goofball like Brady and Blundell.

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    Blundell has a learning curve ahead of him, but I think the potential is there. He’s held his own thus far. He can tone down the use of referencing everyone as “brother” and he erred yesterday by calling the Jays’ signing of Viciedo a trade, but his delivery is relatively clean.

    I have to get used to Rusic. I also think he is trying a little too hard right now. Less Edgy-ness — no need to try and be like Todd from Blundell’s previous show.

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised with Kayla Harris. Barb DiGiulio-esque. Another clean delivery. Her voice is not harsh nor grating like some other female sportscasters (ie. Kate Beirness, who makes me want to stab my ears with pencils).

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    Marek is as vanilla and PC as it gets. No thank you.

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    HUNTER 4 years ago

    Completely disagree with Kayla Harris i find her voice harsh and her delivery way too rushed she is absolutely annoying. She has been doing updates in the evenings for sometime i hear her updates on 680 News she makes a lot of mistakes drives me nutz sometimes.

    TSN1050 desperately needs a stronger signal and a new position on the AM dial.

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    HUNTER 4 years ago

    Forgot to add…you feel Blundell has “potential”? Really? Just exactly how does a SPORTS talk show host who doesn’t know shit about SPORTS have potential? Good luck with that! LOL

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    Jacob 4 years ago

    I couldn’t watch TSN’s coverage because they made you have cable to watch online. What’s that nonesense? With that said, I thought Sportsnet’s coverage was pretty good. If they would just drop Cox and Healy it would be glorious. I do like that Cox had a reduced role. Friedman broke most of the early trades on Twitter, but TSN team broke the later trades. I really liked Johnston’s piece on Justin Williams. The trades were unspectacular, but that was expected.

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    Chris 4 years ago

    Kyle Dubas was on Leafs Lunch between 12:30 and 1pm and said Kessel was upset at a specific incident that was put on TSN’s air. Craig Button defended TSN then he and Dubas proceeded to have a heated discussion. Entertaining radio if you are into that sort of thing.

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    Antonio 4 years ago

    @TSM
    Good covering/lying by Strombo. You can bet the execs at Rogers have heard and seen the criticisms of him. They’ll be reducing his role over the next while to the point he isn’t on telecasts at all. He’s a huge liability.

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    The Kyle Dubas – Craig Button exchange on 1050 happened near the start of the Dubas interview at about 12:35 PM today………….Button was pretty weak in trying to defend TSN………..he kept saying “TSN didn’t write the tweet” over and over

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    Good friggin luck in trying to find this or ANY podcast on that shitty TSN RADIO website, I haven’t seen this type of grade 1 attempt in trying to build an enjoyable website in my life.

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    And on the other side of the dial, during hour #1 of PTS they actually brought back Daren Rovell, it had been 2 years since his last appearance on the show, other than Mr.Magoo (Shanhon) calling him Darrell the entire interview it was a very good discussion.

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    (Another) Andrew 4 years ago

    Was it explained why Rovell is back?

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    Rovell kind of explained that ESPN wanted him to do work for stations that they had a vested interest in. However, it wasn’t really clear to me why he was freed from that duty.

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    As in, he basically had to work with TSN these last 2 years and couldn’t do PTS

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    The rule used to be that an espn guy could not do radio hits on a station in which there was also an espn station. And since they have 500+ affiliates, …

    Btw, deitsch did a big interview today with head of espn audio/radio on si.com.

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    Dogpounder 4 years ago

    Yeah the Leafs Lunch podcast is unavailable.

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    The Londoner 4 years ago

    I cannot listen to John Shannon. I just can’t. I do not understand how any of you can.

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    @ The Londoner,
    I never thought there would come a day where I could honestly say I found someone I couldn’t stand watching/listening to ahead of Mr.Magoo but Ken Reid has surpassed that spot to me by miles.

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    Talk about Shannon and Reid and McCown as much as you like, but what about the disgraceful display by yyz media for retweeting the disgusting tweet by a so called fan on TSN. Sure newspapers reported it, but none of them re-tweeted it. It’s a viscious unfounded rumor that has been spread, and by your actions you have made it even worse. I can’t believe you have been so callous as to sweep this under the rug. Jonah you should be ashamed.

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    Settle down Jimmy, you’re gonna mess up the stache!

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    Rob in Aurora 4 years ago

    I can’t believe anyone would ever watch Sportsnet for 5 minutes when TSN is on covering the same thing. Millard was preferable to Duthie????…. Are you OK?

    (Does anyone know if Sportsnet is paying this guy? Everything they do is an unwatchable)

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    @Rob in Aurora

    Someone who presents an opinion contrary to your own must then be getting paid by the company in question? They can’t just have an opinion contrary to your own?

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    Dogpounder 4 years ago

    This shill gambit looms large around here.

    And shots fired from JVH!

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    The trade deadline day has kind of just morphed into a celebratory hockey day. TSN had a big party ( off-air) at the end of the day – I’m sure Sportsnet did as well. Its a day of hockey coverage that does get ratings and generates revenue otherwise left on the table.. Would it be better if there wasn’t a cap? Sure. But who cares.

    The Lupul lawsuit like the Burke lawsuit vs Bloggers, Tweeters etc. wanted nothing more than the people to apologize and take responsibility for their words. The offensive Tweet would be on the low end of the offensive scale if you were to search for Lupul tweets prior to the unfortunate TSN retweet on air.

    All it does is drive more people to have anonymous Twitter accounts with even more offensive Tweets. Good luck Lupul & Phaneuf – they should have just let it die.