Life After the NHL on TSN

After the Game 3 of the 2014 Western Conference Final, TSN broadcasted its last nationally-televised NHL game until 2026. Once the free-agent frenzy special ended, most people wondered what would happen to the on-air staff there, Well the good news is, most of them are staying at TSN. Play-by-play announcer Dave Randorf and analyst Mike Johnson both went to Sportsnet to join their NHL team, but the newly-renamed TSN Hockey team is largely intact. The newest addition to the TSN Hockey team is the addition of Ottawa Senators hockey. The Winnipeg Jets’ broadcast team will remain unchanged with Dennis Beyak on play-by-play, and Brian Engblom being the lead game analyst. When Engblom has a game assignment for NBC, Shane Hnidy will fill-in as lead game analyst. With the Toronto Maple Leafs chopped schedule between TSN and Sportsnet, when TSN broadcasts Leafs games, they’ll rely on their former NHL on TSN no. 1 team of Chris Cuthbert and Ray Ferraro. If there’s an Ottawa Senators game going on the same night, former NHL on TSN no. 2 announcer Gord Miller will call the game alongside game analyst Jamie McLennan. However, with the decreased schedule TSN has this season, most of their staff have a lot of time to fill. McLennan and analyst Craig Button will continue to split their duties with TSN and NHL Network, however, the biggest news came just hours ago. For the last couple of seasons, NHL insider Bob McKenzie made regular appearances during NBCSN’s NHL Live on Wednesdays (even though the segment was taped). Now, McKenzie will be in-studio this season every Wednesday for NBCSN’s NHL Live. And that’s not all. McKenzie’s fellow NHL insider Darren Dreger will also contribute to NBCSN’s NHL coverage this season. Add the fact that both Cuthbert and Miller will call select NHL and college hockey games on NBCSN this season, and the folks in the U.S. are getting used to the greatness that once was the NHL on TSN. And it continues even after the season is over. When TSN had national broadcast rights, their broadcast of the NHL Draft would also be simulcasted in the United States. That’s all going to change this season as for the first time ever, NBCSN will produce their first originally-produced NHL Draft coverage June 2015 in South Florida. So is there life after the NHL on TSN? Yes. And the biggest benefactor of TSN’s downsizing is that NBCSN gets to share the greatness of what the NHL on TSN was to the people of America.

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