Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ottawa (Stittsville), ON, OTA (DB4e & VHF-HI folded dipole, AP-2870 pre-amp in Attic), MythTV HTPC
I did a quick count of the number of regular season games CBC broadcast per team this year (according to the NHL) and came up with the following totals. I don't know how many are regional vs national broadcasts, but it gives you an idea what local fans saw:
Ottawa: 19 (including one added late in the season)
As you can see Vancouver and Edmonton are being short changed. If by removing some Toronto games and adding some additional regional games they can get the minimum up to 20, I think that would be pretty good.
If I remember correctly, most of the regional games were either Ottawa or Montreal since the Toronto game was always the National game. If by occasionally not showing Toronto they can show Montreal and Ottawa nationally more frequently (currently they are only shown nationally when they are playing Toronto, visiting a western team, or playing in the afternoon), they will free up capital for showing more western games regionally.
I suspect the main reason the NHL reduced the number of Toronto games they are giving to the CBC is to give them the flexibility when sheduling to not have Toronto play every Saturday night. In return I hope the CBC will be able to show more games with two Canadian teams nationally.