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SBD/Issue 232/Sports Media
Versus To Air 54 Games During '09-10 NHL Regular Season
Published August 20, 2009
|Perennial TV Favorite Red Wings Making
Eight Appearances On Versus This Season
NOT MAKING THE CUT: YAHOO SPORTS' Greg Wyshynski noted the Hurricanes are "going from one game" last season to "zero games on Versus during the NHL regular season." Wyshynski wrote the net should get the Hurricanes, who reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season, "on at least as many times as the Calgary Flames (once) or Phoenix Coyotes (once); but Versus is paying top coin for these rights, and believes it understands how to draw the numbers to justify it." Other teams without games appearing on Versus during the regular season include the Ducks, Thrashers, Oilers, Senators and Canucks (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/19). Hurricanes President & GM Jim Rutherford said the team's lack of appearances on Versus is "disappointing." Rutherford: "I don't understand the people doing the scheduling when they say they're trying to promote the league. If they want a big-market team on, have a big-market team on, but have all the other teams on as well" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 8/20).