Renaud Lavoie of RDS has reported that the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will open the 2013 NHL season on Saturday January 19 at the Bell Centre. Puck-drop is most likely at 7:00pm ET. It will air on CBC and RDS. CBC will have at least one other game on their schedule, although more are possible. CBC was originally scheduled to have a game Saturday afternoon, in addition to the primetime doubleheader. The schedule will most likely be released Saturday or Sunday, depending on when the NHLPA ratifies the new CBA.
MLSE’s Board… If you were watching TSN and Sportsnet’s constant coverage of the firing of Brian Burke today, you may have noticed numerous mentions of a dust-up with the new MLSE board members. If you’re like myself, you’re probably wondering exactly who these board members are. There are six. Two from Rogers, two from Bell, Larry Tannenbaum, and Dale Lastman. Reasoning would go that Tannenbaum, who sits on the NHL’s board of directors for MLSE, didn’t suddenly have a change in heart in Burke. Bell’s representatives are George A. Cope, the CEO of Bell Canada, and Mary Ann Turcke, who reports directly to Cope. Rogers’ representatives are Nadir Mohamed, CEO of Rogers Communications, and Edward Rogers, the son of the late Ted Rogers. Lastman is an independent lawyer from the law firm Goodmans.
NFL Playoff Streaming… For the first time ever CTV will offer free streaming of every playoff game they broadcast, including the Super Bowl. The only game not streamed is this Sunday’s AFC Divisional Playoff, which airs on TSN.