Agree with the main point but you gotta think this was all Iginla.
I think...Feaster thought Boston's deal was better and thought Iggy wanted to go to Boston cause he was on the list but Iggy wanted to go to Pittsburgh more and the Pens tossed the Flames a late offer before a deal was officially made with Boston. Feaster did the honourable thing by respecting Iggy's wishes.
Ward messed up, and he'll have to now slowly build back 'insider' credibility.
I would imagine that TSN will have a major internal review of what happened. The sources will be dissected among the braintrust there and they'll figure out if it merited the Ward call or if he got trigger-happy.
I have no doubt that the Boston-Calgary trade was close to being done. But, at the end of the day, everyone knew that Jarome had to give the final OK with his NMC. Without confirmation from his camp, Ward should not have issued such a definitive tweet.
CBC might have a couple bad panelists but their production is second to none... on ice coverage just cannot be beat.
The best panelist/insider in the biz with E-Dog Friedman
and maybe the greatest on air sports host in history Ron Mclean... if not all time then easily today.
CBC is still great. But man have they ever hurt themselves with PJ Stock. Healy's a little annoying but Stock is bottom of the barrel. It seems like the CBC is in desperate search of Cherry's replacement and they're looking for clowns.
They should just realize that Cherry's one of a kind and go with Kelly Hrudey's 'behind the mask' as the replacement. No he's not as crazy as Cherry but he's a superb analyst and he'd do a great job. Instead they go after Stock... just brutal.
Maclean, Friedman, Hrudey... that's a great group. And that's what they should focus on. Stop going after the clowns...
The credibility and reliability will take a huge hit. People may not be talking regularly about it in a week, but everytime he talks about trades, this will be used against him by some. In short, he'll never totally live this down.
I expect he'll get plenty of ribbing if he does any sort of trade deadline day coverage.
TSN is the best in the biz. No other network in the world can even compete with how well TSN covers hockey. This thread is such a farce that you should feel ashamed. Go watch SNET for 30 minutes and it will be abudantly clear how idiotic your claim sounds.
McKenzie is just a scout in a suit and Dreger only has a job because he is the cousin of Dave Nonis.
Besides in this day and age are insiders really even needed on TV? everything is broken long before ever on air on Twitter.
TSN also has without a doubt the worst play by play teams in the business.. Gord Miller has constantly been bottom of the barrel and Cuthbert has lost a big step since his CBC days...still good at CFL though
You clearly don't reside in the GTA. Anyone who says that Joe Bowen/Greg Millen is better than Gordy Miller Ray Ferraaro is talking some serious smack. Go home op, you're drunk.
It seems like everything was a done deal to Boston and Iggy just pulled a fast one on everyone wanting to go to Pitts. He'll lose some credibility but people will forget. Heaven forbid anyone makes a mistake at work...
Was their boneheaded disaster reporting with Iginla tonight the final straw?
I mean for years the product has just been deteriorating to the point where it is almost getting unwatchable...
Now their coverage really seems to be at an all time low... they have the worst on air crew in probably any sports production in North America with guys like James Duthie, Dave Hodge and Craig Button and the constant gimmicks are just a joke.
I know they are a Canadian network so it is to be expected a little bit..but the favoritism to Canadian players is just so silly...Jonathan Toews the 3rd best player in the league? lol... Though I can't wait to tune in next week for their 30 min panel on Team Canada 2018.
It's honestly become so bad I think Sportsnet should be get the national rights again.. they've learned after the whole boston pizza party thing.
Lose broadcast rights - over something like this?
Damn some of these posters are going off on odd tangents...
Originally Posted by FakeKidPoker
CBC might have a couple bad panelists but their production is second to none...
Short of McKenzie, Lebrun, and Dreger, Ward is incredibly reliable. He isn't Eklund or some beat writer. Ward knew what he was doing. Even McKenzie agreed that there were highups in the Boston organization that thought Iginla was a Bruin.
Someone probably told Ward that it was a done deal. Someone really high up in the Boston organization because, for all intents and purposes, it was done. Things change in a 5 minute phone call. The Boston higher up probably didn't know that Iginla got to pick the team he went too either.
Does it ruin his credibility? Not in my eyes because I didn't hold him over some of the big guys like the McKenzies, LeBruns but it's mindboggling that people want him fired, for TSN to lose broadcasting rights, or sentenced to prison, over a bad call. If this was the case, I'd hate to see what you think of everyone else.
It's not on Wardo. The onus is on who gave Wardo the information from within the Bruins organisation. The person within probably had provided him with correct information repeatedly in the past. This informant told Wardo the deal was done. Wardo trusts his source, has no reason to question it, and reports it. Wardo deserves a pass
Let me ask some of you chastising Ward this question:
What do you judge his credibility on? The one incident where he made a mistake, albeit a big one; or the dozens of other times when he's been the first one to break something? He was the first one to confirm that the lockout was over, IIRC. I've also never seen him get anything wrong like this, before.
I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. He's still reliable and a legitimate source. People make mistakes. Live and learn.