Broadcast News: The Last Segment of the Year

Current Matchups

East

#8 Philadelphia vs. #1 Washington
#7 Montreal vs. #2 New Jersey
#6 Boston vs. #3 Buffalo
#5 Ottawa vs. #4 Pittsburgh

West

#8 Colorado vs. #1 San Jose
#7 Nashville vs. #2 Chicago
#6 Detroit vs. #3 Vancouver
#5 Los Angeles vs. #4 Phoenix

Canadian Networks Draft

#1 (CBC): Detroit vs. Vancouver
#2 (CBC): Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh
#3 (TSN): New Jersey vs. Montreal
#4 (CBC): Los Angeles vs. Phoenix
#5 (TSN): Philadelphia vs. Washington
#6 (CBC): Colorado vs. San Jose
#7-8 (TSN): Nashville vs. Chicago and Boston vs. Buffalo

I still think the CBC wants Sid the Kid vs. a Canadian team over Montreal.  We can all debate this for days and days and days, but it comes down to this: The Kid is officially Canada’s biggest hockey star in a generation after the Olympic games.  You don’t pass up on a chance to televise his games, it’s that simple really.

Another pickle that CBC has itself in is with the Detroit-Vancouver series.  Since it alternates timeslots due to the time zone change, CBC would need another alternating series to pair it with.  There really isn’t one.  Phoenix-LA is the closest to it though, since the games in Phoenix could start at 8PM and the ones in Vancouver could go as late as 10:30.  Expect that to maybe happen and then Ottawa-Pittsburgh and Colorado-San Jose the other night.

NBC: Washington-Philadelphia and Buffalo-Boston.  Possibly Vancouver-Detroit, as GM Place’s scheduling necessitates it be a Wednesday-Friday series, therefore allowing a Game 3 to be on Sunday.  NBC has televised Edmonton-Detroit and Calgary-Detroit before, no reason to think they wouldn’t take Vancouver-Detroit.  More I think of it, more I see it as likely.  But if NBC plays it safe, it’ll be with those two Eastern series.

VERSUS: Lots of Washington/Philly and Buffalo/Boston in the 7PM slot, with maybe a pinch of Pittsburgh/Ottawa thrown in.  Either Colorado/San Joe or LA/Phoenix will be the west coast, VERSUS produced series, and CBC telecasts of Detroit/Vancouver out west will alternate.  The available VERSUS announcers are the same as Wednesday.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this segment.  It’s sparked some good talk and debate all season long.  I hope to bring it back next year.  See ya’ Sunday!

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13 Responses to Broadcast News: The Last Segment of the Year

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    Hey I wonder if Steve knew something when he said CBC wouldn’t take the Habs? Given the way that the games have played out this week the Habs may not be on CBC becasue they are on the outside of the playoffs looking in….

    • Chris S says:

      No they’re not. The Habs are in 7th and can clinch tonight if the Flyers beat the Rangers tonight, or get a single point vs the Leafs tomorrow.

      • leafsfan1967 says:

        Chris S :No they’re not. The Habs are in 7th and can clinch tonight if the Flyers beat the Rangers tonight, or get a single point vs the Leafs tomorrow.

        Sorry what I meant to say is the Habs MIGHT be on the outside looking in. They may well get a point against the Leafs but I’m not so sure how many points the Flyers will get against the Rangers. We shall see….

  2. kevin says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say it will be:

    Wash vs NYR/Phil

    Pitt vs Bos

    NBC and Versus will love those matchups!!

  3. Josh says:

    Whichever route CBC goes, I do wonder who their fourth crew will be. You’ve got Hughson-Simpson on the Vancouver games pretty much for sure. I think then that you’d see Cole-Millen on whichever of the eastern Canadian series it opts for (with maybe Carbonneau making it a three-man booth if they pick the Habs) and Lee-Weekes working either LA-Phoenix or Colorado-SJ. But who picks up that fourth series?

    Some of you might say Dean Brown, since he’s been their fourth voice this season. But he usually works Sens games. And, while he has worked occasional non-Ottawa games in the past, I have trouble seeing him pass up on calling an entire Sens playoff series (if only on radio, where he works when he’s not on Sportsnet or HNIC) for, say, LA-Phx.

    They have analysts at the ready since Gary Galley doesn’t do colour on Ottawa radio or they could also opt for Glenn Healy, but who’s doing play-by-play on that fourth CBC series? Has anyone besides the names I’ve mentioned here called a game for HNIC this season?

    • Chris S says:

      No, Dean Brown will call the 4th series on CBC most likely, even if CBC doesn’t show the Sens first round games. The Sens have another radio play-by-play man to use when Dean Brown is calling games on tv, which is most of the time, and Dean Brown called the entire Flyers/Penguins series last year.

      • Josh says:

        I wouldn’t be so sure. Brown is considered “the voice of the Sens” in Ottawa. I know Dave Schreiber calls the games on radio when Brown works TV, but I have trouble seeing Brown give up an entire Sens playoff series.

        And the difference between last year and this year is that the Sens weren’t in the playoffs last year. He didn’t have to miss anything to call Flyers/Pens.

  4. leafsfan1967 says:

    Josh :Whichever route CBC goes, I do wonder who their fourth crew will be. You’ve got Hughson-Simpson on the Vancouver games pretty much for sure. I think then that you’d see Cole-Millen on whichever of the eastern Canadian series it opts for (with maybe Carbonneau making it a three-man booth if they pick the Habs) and Lee-Weekes working either LA-Phoenix or Colorado-SJ. But who picks up that fourth series?
    Some of you might say Dean Brown, since he’s been their fourth voice this season. But he usually works Sens games. And, while he has worked occasional non-Ottawa games in the past, I have trouble seeing him pass up on calling an entire Sens playoff series (if only on radio, where he works when he’s not on Sportsnet or HNIC) for, say, LA-Phx.
    They have analysts at the ready since Gary Galley doesn’t do colour on Ottawa radio or they could also opt for Glenn Healy, but who’s doing play-by-play on that fourth CBC series? Has anyone besides the names I’ve mentioned here called a game for HNIC this season?

    Good question Josh. I suspect it would be Dean Brown. I don’t know who else they would get.

  5. Robert says:

    Still say the CBC’s 2nd pick will be the Canadiens, especially if it is Washington vs. Montreal.

  6. Robert says:

    The CBC and TSN-TSN2 switched games during playoff series to avoid conflicts with TSN and TSN2 programming. I think that will happen again this year with a potential Coyotes and Kings series as those games are all in Pacific prime.

  7. Trent says:

    CBC can’t grab 3 series from one conference … I don’t think (IE, your predictions list 3 series from the West on CBC).

  8. Ryan says:

    Re: Second announcer–Jeff Marek called an AHL game a couple weeks ago on CBC, maybe that was a tune-up/try-out? If not him, I think Bruce Rainnie might be the favourite, certainly CBC would look in-house before they’d bring in somebody else.

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