Versus wants In On Winter Classic
The Winter Classic has quickly become the headline event for the National Hockey League every season. NBC loves it so much they roll out their “A” broadcast team including Bob Costas.
Apparently the Versus network likes it so much they want in on the action as well. Sources tell me the network is expected to announce shortly their plans to broadcast the Winter Classic on January first in 3D. The exact plans remain a little foggy although this will not affect the NBC telecast which will broadcast in standard HD. This is a great idea for Versus who continues to show their commitment to the NHL.
Versus is also in the process of auditioning talent for their new nightly NHL highlight show. The NHL is going out of their way to protect the NHL Network by limiting how many highlights Versus is allowed to show. Word is they will only be allowed eight minutes of highlights.
My idea for improving the NHL All-Star game would be to play the game outdoors. Alex Ovechkin tells me it would be too cold but other players seem to like the idea. This likely would not be acceptable to the teams in the south who rely on the game for revenues as well as an opportunity to showcase their market.
Word is the Washington Capitals are not completely done in their search to improve their hockey club. GM George McPhee would still like to add a forward and Dallas forward Brad Richards is high on his list if he’s made available.
Look for Jonathan Cheechoo to sign another 25 game AHL contract once his current 25 gamer expires in Worcester. He’s been offered some two-way NHL deals but is hoping a one-way comes knocking on his door. Cheechoo makes $75,000 per 25 game contract on top of the $2.4 million he’s still getting from his buyout.
Expect Justin Williams to play with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown tonight when LA takes on Florida. A second line of Trevor Lewis, Ryan Smyth, and Jared Stoll has been formed as the Kings look to turns things around.
Williams, who leads the Kings in scoring, is not looking to sign an extension as he looks to explore free agency for the first time in his career.
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