Battle of the Network Stars
MONTREAL--It's a tussle nearly as intriguing as the Habs-Flyers series that will continue Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre.
Who will win? NBC? RDS? CBC? It's going to be a fascinating window into the priority given to the various networks by the NHL.
All three, you see, would like to have dibs on the ice-level broadcasting position between the benches for Game 3. NBC uses Pierre Maguire there, CBC uses Glenn Healy. RDS sometimes uses former NHLer Joel Bouchard.
It's a spot without a lot of wiggle room since the setup forces the Montreal backup goalie into the same area.
Here's the intrigue. RDS has the No. 1 position for tomorrow's game, which mean they get first choice of everything, from interviews to camera positions, etc.
NBC, however, is arguing that having an analyst between the benches is a staple of their broadcasts. The NHL, of course, has spent years courting the various U.S. networks in hopes of landing a rich deal, although the current deal with NBC is anything but that.
The issue will probably be decided sometime today, with the NHL having the final say.
Tune in to see which network carries the day. It'll tell you something about the pecking order of NHL broadcasters.