Canada’s Sports Leader comes on the air at 7 a.m. Wednesday for wall-to-wall trade deadline coverage that will span 10 consecutive hours.
There will be nine correspondents in the field, six satellite contributors, five panelists, four Insiders, four reporters, three instant analysts, a “satirical blogger,” a live blogger, one host and a partridge in a pear tree.
That’s why when the St. Louis Blues acquired Calgary Flames iron man/minute man/defenseman Jay Bouwmeester during Monday’s game with the Wild, TSN host James Duthie tweeted, “Pray for us.”
With Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and other notable names already traded and Ladislav Smid and Lubomir Visnovsky signed to extensions, there is the chance that TSN’s coverage leading into the 2 p.m. deadline will be must-see TV for no other reason than to watch how a 30-person team can twiddle its thumbs for hours.
You knew today was destined to be blasé when all attention focused on no-goal scorer Ryane Clowe as the guy that could be the trade deadline savior.
But then, by late afternoon Tuesday, even that went south because the San Jose Sharks power forward waived his no-trade clause to be dealt to the New York Rangers for two second-round picks (one conditional) and a third-round pick.
The Wild showed interest in Clowe, who despite having a tough year with zero goals in 28 games, has a history of effectiveness, especially in the playoffs.
If he would have been dealt to Minnesota, the logistics would have been easy. Clowe could simply have changed locker rooms at HP Pavilion and debuted Wednesday night against his former team.
General Manager Chuck Fletcher did have discussions with agent Kent Hughes and the Sharks. But Clowe apparently wanted to play in the East. Plus, the price clearly got steep, both in terms of assets the Wild would have had to give up for him and the price to eventually extend his contract.
With some luck though, there might be a few more big names moving Wednesday to keep this day from being a total dud.
The Buffalo Sabres, looking to trade anybody and everybody (from Drew Stafford to maybe even Ryan Miller), have asked captain Jason Pominville for a list of eight teams he is unwilling to be traded to. Some think Thomas Vanek could even be had, although that’d be shocking.