Fans might need to adjust cable package to see all Habs games in new NHL TV deal

The hockey TV world was shaken up Tuesday with news that Rogers Communications is taking control of NHL television and multimedia rights in Canada following a blockbuster 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement with the league that kicks in next season.

CBC will continue to air Hockey Night in Canada and the TVA network will have the Canadian French-language multi-media rights.

The deal gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games, including the playoffs and Stanley Cup final on all its platforms and in all languages. Rogers media president Keith Pelley said the plan is to have the Stanley Cup final on CBC and that if a Canadian team were in the final, the possibility of simulcasts exist.

Canadiens fans will continue to see all 82 regular-season games, although they might have to make an adjustment in their cable or satellite package. While TVA has emerged as a sub-licensee for national French-language rights, the bulk of the regular-season package — 60 games — could still be televised on RDS. TVA will televise 22 games, including all Saturday night games on TVA Sports, which now has 1.6 million subscribers, and will carry any Canadiens playoff games and have the choice of other playoff series, including the Stanley Cup final.  Whether the other 60 regular-season games stay on RDS or move to TVA will be up to the NHL and the Canadiens to decide in the coming days or weeks.

What’s not certain at this point is what this means for Canadiens fans outside Quebec and whether TVA will be made available to them. TVA announced Tuesday that it will be coming out with a new channel, TVA Sports 2.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens’ Rene Bourque returned to the ice for practice Tuesday in Brossard after missing three games with a lower-body injury. Bourque was cleared to return to action, but won’t be in the lineup when the Canadiens face the Sabres Wednesday night in Buffalo (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Carey Price is expected to get the start in goal and coach Michel Therrien said that backup Peter Budaj will play in one of the two games later in the week with the Canadiens visiting the Washington Capitals on Friday night before playing host to the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice Tuesday:



(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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  1. Ton says:

    you know what…….price has been lucky this year….he’s not that good…….management sucks……….its too nice in here today!

  2. ClutchNGrab says:

    Concerning the new TV agreement, I’m a little bit worried. From this article Rogers’ media division is currently making a $64 Million profit. I’ve also heard multiple times that TVA Sports has not generated any profits since their creation, a little more than two years ago.

    Two years ago from this article, TSN was making a profit of $53 Million. I didn’t find the numbers for RDS.

    Here’s where I’m worried, in the current agreement CBC, TSN and RDS are giving $190 Million per year to the NHL. The new agreement pays the NHL more than $433 Million per year. How can they make this deal profitable after putting that kind of money? Part of it comes from selling the French right to TVA Sports, but what’s with the rest? How can they at the same time invest in personal and network infrastructure while making this business profitable?

    Canadian fans and Canadian businesses will have to absorb the increase. I don’t know what form it will take, but there is no way this deal make any sense if we keep giving what we’re giving to watch hockey. Remember we’re not talking money that is given to our local team or to the league, we’re only talking about revenues that go directly to Rogers in order to get their money back AND have a surplus.

    The next few years will show how much Canadians really like hockey.

  3. Habsrule1 says:

    I would not trade Max straight up for Evander Kane. Am I alone in that?

    I don’t really want to trade Max at all, but if I did it would be as part of a package for one of the top 10 players in the NHL, which right now starts with Sid and ends with Henrik Sedin.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Wintercount says:

      i would consider it.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Where did all this trade Max sh#t come from? TSN? Oh yeah, the losers who screwed up their bid and are scrambling for headlines.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Nope. I wouldn’t trade him for Kane. Sideways move, so might as well keep the home grown talent with the better contract.

    • savethepuck says:

      Alex Steen is #2 on that list and I wouldn’t trade Max for him straight up let alone having to package someone with him to get the deal done. His best season before this year was only 24 goals in 09-10 followed by 20 and 15. His production so far this year is far from the norm, and considering he turns 30 in March, I would expect him to taper off and will be shocked if he has another season like this one.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • aroma says:

      you sound like a Leaf fan – totally unrealistic. Habs would not be able to get Kane for Pacioretty AND Tinordi, for example. He is the most valued player on the Jets.

  4. Ton says:

    reading the patch trades> no I would keep him………but I would do Borque> Diaz> and a second rounder for Kane! Or one of there D prospects with the exception of Tinordi or Beaulieau!

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    Danny Briere’s first game as a Hab in Buffalo, should we expect big things? Have to believe he will be somewhat pumped.

    • shiram says:

      I don’t know, he’s been back to Buffalo a good number of times as a Flyers, I don’t think it should have much of an impact on him.
      Still hope he has a great game, but don’t see the corrolation.

  6. slyCH says:

    I’m going to retract my vote on Seattle for expansion and place it on KC. It dawned on me the only time the SC was ever cancelled was in 1919 when the Habs were tied 2-2 with Seattle and a swine flu hit the team hard thus preventing the final game 5. There lies our 25th. So KC it is.

  7. punkster says:

    This place is has gone to hell in a hand basket…no arguments, no name calling, very little whining and negativity (Timo excepted)…nothing but fairly reasonable hockey discussion and Matty’s ideal girlfriend image to spur the talk.

    Habs better lose tonight or HIO will turn in to a haven for Norman Vincent Peale followers…then where will we be?


  8. Dust says:

    Two things:
    1)If Bourque is healthy i would like to see him play with Chucky and Eller. I think it would be a good line.
    2)As far as the patches trade stuff going around. I would give serious thought if we could receive E. Kane for him. In fact, straight up Id do it.

    • sCOTT1243 says:

      Bourque with Chucky and Eller….really? I’d like to see the EGG line back together. Bourque is lazy and hasn’t earned the right to play with the young guns. Just my opinion, not meaning to disrespect your comment.

      The EGG line has been great since day 1, more than not they apply a ton of offensive pressure on the opposite team, why they were split up I have no idea.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        Gallagher needs to be on the another line to help balance it out. He helped get DD and Max going. One line is way to easy to shutdown. Eller and Chucky will get it going. I like Prust but he doesn’t have the offense that Bourque has.

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • Timo says:

          I don’t get why Pacioretty is not tradeable if he needs another player to get him going. Good players get others going, not the other way around.

          For me, if Habs can get a player of equal talents and off load DD in the process (so that Max can still play with the best center he’s ever played with), why not?

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Unfortunately Timo, goal scorers are always streaky. Max is no exception.

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

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