By John Vogl
TSN, the Canadian sports giant, has been a much-beloved regular in U.S. homes on hockey's big days. NHL Network would simulcast the channel for events such as the trade deadline and the start of free agency, which is today.
The contract frenzy will give fans in the United States their first look at the NHL’s big free agent signing. The league’s 12-year, $5 billion deal with Rogers Communications kicks in today. NHL Network will simulcast Sportsnet’s live coverage beginning at 11 a.m., which boots erstwhile mainstay TSN off the American airwaves.
The Sportsnet programming will be hosted by Daren Millard, Jeff Marek and Christine Simpson, who have a big job ahead after taking over for TSN's James Duthie.
The new panelists and hockey insiders are Nick Kypreos, Damien Cox, Elliotte Friedman, Doug MacLean, John Shannon, Scott Morrison, Chris Johnston, Greg Millen, Darren Pang and Billy Jaffe. They have even bigger shoes to fill with fans used to the likes of Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun.
NHL Network will show the Sportsnet coverage until 6 p.m. before putting on its own hourlong "NHL Tonight."