Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James Duthie, with analysts including Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and others. While ESPN airs TradeCentre, NHL Network will simulcast Sportsnet’s deadline coverage, leaving American hockey fans with the same which-one-to-watch dilemma as their Canadian brethren. ESPN’s decision to simulcast TSN (of which it owns 20 percent), seems to reflect both a desire to air hockey talk and a reluctance to actually invest in its own production. The network’s NHL coverage was hit hard in last spring’s round of layoffs, and although ESPN has since enlisted Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski, it still doesn’t have a robust hockey operation.
ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday
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