Just chatted with a customer rep at Shaw in the live chat, here is his response:
... I believe it will be before the season starts. Not sure at this time whether it's going to be added to the basic lineup or if it will be a subscription channel, but I would be amazed if we don't get it. Considering the amount of Vancouver Canucks programming, hockey games and other sports we'd be missing out on it would be a huge miss in not carrying it. As a Canucks fan myself this is one I will certainly be pushing for if we don't get it, but again, with that being said I'd be stunned if we aren't adding it to the lineup.
It'll be on Shaw.. I don't have anything to confirm it (I do work for them but I don't deal wtih cable stuff or anything) but, with Canucks games being on there, I can't see them not being on there.
That being said, it may cost more $$.. all depends on what Rogers charges cable providers to carry it. And it may come down to a last minute deal if they try to hold the cable companies hostage on the amount of $$ they want. Look at what happened with TSN2 and Rogers.. took forever and a last minute deal when people in Ontario wouldn't have been able to see a Jays/Sox series that everyone else in Canada would have been able to see.