Your Announcers and Open Thread For Sharks-Rangers

San Jose vs. NY Rangers, 7PM, VERSUS
Play by Play:
Joe Beninati
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Reporter: Bob Harwood

Its Globe & Mail Day on PTM: Tim Wharnsby Joins CBC

CBC Sports announced today that esteemed hockey writer Tim Wharnsby has joinedCBCSports.ca’s already impressive all-star lineup of journalists and personalities as a senior hockey writer. Wharnsby is widely regarded as one of the top hockey journalists in the country, having worked with The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Sun covering the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL and junior hockey.

The Toronto resident will be a regular guest on HNIC Radio on SIRIUS, joining hockey experts Jeff Marek and Scott Morrison, and will work closely with CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA to provide story content.

CBCSports.ca is the best destination for hockey fans to find the most comprehensive on-line hockey news, information and features. The site boasts some of Canada’s top hockey journalists and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA analysts contributing feature stories and blogs, including Wharnsby, Scott Morrison, Jeff Marek, Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, Jim Hughson, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, P.J. Stock and more.

VERSUS, NHL Net Missing Out on an Opportunity By Skipping on Battle of the Blades

Look, I’m sure all hockey fans were skeptical about Battle of the Blades when it was first announced.  However, from what I’ve seen on Youtube, it’s been an exuberant joy to watch.  These athletes (and Ken Daneyko) are clearly having a ball doing this, and the skaters are bringing it too.  Ron MacLean keeps things moving as host, and the rotating panel of judgings keeps the show from getting boring, and Dick Button is always entertaining.

Yet, there has been no real call from hockey fans to get the series on television in the United States.  So here’s our: VERSUS & NHL Network, please try to get Battle of the Blades on TV.  If not now, re-air season 1 after it finishes airing on Canada, because it seems pretty clear that, due to the ratings, they’ll figure out a way to do this again in Canada.  For VERSUS, a weekly airing of both the performance and results shows (or a compilation of the two) before NHL telecasts on Mondays and Tuesdays.  I loved it when VERSUS aired “The Tournament” a few years back.

For NHL Network, we could see hours and hours of marathon viewings of this show.  It probably wouldn’t cost too much to air here.  Though it might be boring to those who have seen the clips on YouTube, and the datedness could affect who watches, it is something that the American hockey fan should be able to see.  Hey, if SOAPNet could get that CBC hockey wives’ show, why not this?

Welcome William Houston to the Blogosphere

Truth and Rumours is now a blog.  And we just became (at best) the 2nd best hockey media blog in the world.  Check him out.

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