HairyHabist - (Bryan Atkinson)

Member since May 15, 2014

Montreal

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  • Comment on Habs will go with four alternate captains this season (2014-09-15 19:04:30)
    Even if Pacioretty or Subban were ready now, which in the Canadiens traditional scheme of things could be debatable, would it not be a slight to overlook Plekanec or Markov? But Plekanec and Markov are not likely to be with the team beyond their current contracts. So it's like Bergevin has done a 2 to 3 year bridge Captaincy to whoever between Pacioretty and Subban is more appropriate at that time.
  • Comment on Habs ink three-year deal with Sportsnet for regional TV coverage (2014-09-03 14:08:27)
    I get Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, Pacific and 360 with no restrictions. Whatever they see, I see.
  • Comment on Habs ink three-year deal with Sportsnet for regional TV coverage (2014-09-03 13:17:02)
    Sorry if this seems stupid, but I can't tell if comments are sarcastic or people really don't understand. Probably a little of both. Bottom line: All 82 regular season Habs games will be televised in MTL in English on Sportsnet and it's affiliated channels. No TSN, no RDS, no hockey package required. But if you are a Bell subscriber, it may be easier and cheaper if you switch to Videotron. If you're outside of MTL, Rogers should be your best bet. 40 Habs games will be televised nationally on Sportsnet channels most people should already have. Other service providers who are charging extra for RDS should allow you to change it to Sportsnet East if you don't already have it. And that should pretty much cover the entire year.
  • Comment on Habs ink three-year deal with Sportsnet for regional TV coverage (2014-09-03 10:52:03)
    The article says Sportsnet will broadcast 40 Habs games as part of it's national package. Plus most people can get RDS or Sportsnet East as part of their cable subscription. Bottom line, there'll be more Habs games available on TV than ever before without buying a hockey package.
  • Comment on Habs ink three-year deal with Sportsnet for regional TV coverage (2014-09-03 10:41:30)
    The NHL made TSN the #1 Cdn sports network and forced Sportsnet to try to compete with regional coverage. Now the roles are reversed. No question TSN will lose audience share. Especially since Sportsnet will broadcast more NHL on regular cable that used to be available only thru BUYING a hockey package. As far as announcers go, Sportsnet has already added a bunch of known hockey people and will likely continue to add more.
  • Comment on Habs ink three-year deal with Sportsnet for regional TV coverage (2014-09-03 09:39:52)
    Aside from regional broadcasts, TSN has lost NHL hockey to Sportsnet. No national games, no US games, no playoff games except regional Canadian teams, on TSN for the next 12 years. So they're trying to make up by offering wider coverage of the sports they still have. Like more matches of the tennis majors. More NFL, NBA, and NASCAR. More coverage of regional sports. They're worried that with more people tuning in to Sportsnet to watch hockey, TSN will lose audience share if too many of those people stay there to watch Sportsnet Connected instead of Sportscenter and other things. They have reason to be worried. 12 years of only regional NHL in Canada will hurt TSN. And of course, for the US sports they'll be piggybacking on the US coverage. It won't be TSN announcers. TSN's parent, Bell Media, has a history of incestuous relationships with it's affiliates. In other words, they use their properties to promote Bell programming. The Sportsnet NHL deal will be good for viewers. We'll end up with more choice instead of being forced to watch what Bell wants us to see. If TSN hadn't lost the NHL to Sportsnet, TSN probably wouldn't have expanded to 5 feeds to try to compete with Sportsnet. TVASports 2 is a natural progression of a growing sports network.
  • Comment on Habs ink three-year deal with Sportsnet for regional TV coverage (2014-09-03 09:00:06)
    The entire Habs season televised in English. Wow. Don't believe that's ever happened before. Plus there'll be more other games available locally. I knew the Sportsnet deal would be better than TSN.
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-30 09:57:13)
    The NHL expansion brouhaha is a fabricated concoction by sports commentators who are short of things to talk about. Of course the NHL has expansion ideas. But not in the near future. They have too many money losing teams that need to be dealt with first. And Quebec City? They've already paid an expansion fee. They will not pay another one. Guaranteed. Quebec City will be a relocation.
  • Comment on Habs prospect McCarron cut from Team USA junior camp (2014-08-05 19:02:20)
    Your bullshit doesn't change the fact that PK said what I wrote. If your getting your info from the local boys only, all you're hearing is the kiddie garden version.
  • Comment on Habs prospect McCarron cut from Team USA junior camp (2014-08-05 18:20:56)
    Just watched an interview with PK on McCown. He said both sides made long term bids before they settled on the $72 mil. PK also said he spoke to Geoff Molson during the process. Which may mean he went over Bergevin's head. That's never a good thing.