TSN has strength, reliability and efficiency up front with Bobby Mac. Ferraro is entertaining as a colour guy but he might be out of his league in a live telecast. Dreger is a rat and with a possible Luongo move he might have to eat crow on national television. That alone could be worth the price of admission.
TSN has some major weakness on the back-end with Aaron Ward (Iginla gaff). Hodge is past his prime and Button is a liability.
SNET provides the entertain factor with the great interplay between Keenan, Kipper and MacLean. Kipper also was lightning quick last TDL with breaking news.
The X-factor will be Jay Onrait checking in from home. I think it's a toss up either way but I gotta go with Bobby Mac as the deciding factor.
I hope it's not like last year where the first 6 hours made the Minnesota Wild look exciting.
Is there anyone on sportsnet that is somewhat likeable?
I see the sportsnet trade deadline ads and they show a clip of Kypreos standing at a "war" table hammering his fist on the table yelling at a bunch of pundits. WTF is that?
Sportsnet is so much worse than TSN for knowledgeable panelists, it's not even funny. Half the panelists on Sportsnet can't form a ****ing sentence (Brad May, Gary Valk, Nick Kypreos). The rest just spend 1/2 the time making old boys club jokes about the others.
TSN is much more professional, and knowledge first.
Yeah they are better. Kipper can be annoying on the Luongo thing cause I think he over exaggerates the contract. (Personally I don't think he knows the ins and outs of the contract and what can be done.
Gillis negotiated the contract... I'm sure that Nonis feels that he would have done a better job than Gillis on that contract... and communicates this where and when he can... I'm sure that Dreger feels that Nonis would have done a better job... I remember Dreger being very critical of the Nonis firing, and Gillis hiring... Dreger felt the firing was unfair, and painted Nonis favourably (http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/darren_dreger/?id=234470), while painted Gillis negatively (http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/darren_dreger/?id=235587). It is clear where Dreger's loyalty lies, IMHO...
The contract is nowhere near as bad as being portrayed... amongst Dreger and his friends... but it takes someone digging deep into the details, and not looking at it from a bird's eye view, nor from the lens of a personal agenda against Gillis and/or Canuck ownership... Dreger want to make Nonis come out looking favourably over Gillis, he's done it before, and he's doing it now, IMO... But, whatever