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Local Broadcasters Shutout of  Round Two

To the frustration of many in the area locally the Canucks season broadcast team has been put in the sin-bin for an extended period of time yet to be determined.

Regardless, the move was made by the “brass” to keep their ratings up in the media area but in conversation with some in the area it was met with resentment as they felt that once again Toronto remains the centre of the universe.

For those living in the area if you are in Vancouver you are able to pick up the games but if you happen to travel a short 40 minute trip east to Aldergrove or heaven forbid you get to Chilliwack the signal for 650 simply drops.

This is one of the issues with the sports market in the area considering that they are the only sports radio in the area at times listening to chatter about various other topics.

While the team has advanced to the second round, it also marks the end of the season for the beloved regional broadcast team of John Shorthouse, Dave Tomlinson, and Dan Murphy. Fans expressed disappointment over the news, as they won’t be hearing the familiar voices of the Canucks behind the mic.

Regardless of the above the move has been made and like a controversial penalty call this isn’t subject to a video review.

Sportsnet has unveiled its broadcast teams for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the bracket now narrows down to 8 teams.

In the highly anticipated matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers, the lead Hockey Night in Canada team will feature play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert, analyst Craig Simpson, and reporter Scott Oake. 

For Canucks fans, Cuthbert last called Canucks playoff hockey in 2020 during the Western Conference Semifinal Series against the Vegas Golden Knights, a series that saw the Canucks fall short in a hard-fought seven-game battle.

For those tuning in on Sportsnet 650 radio and On-Demand, Brendan Batchelor will provide play-by-play commentary, alongside analyst Randip Janda.

As the Dallas Stars take on the Colorado Avalanche, viewers can expect a simulcast of the American feed.

In the clash between the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes, play-by-play duties will be handled by Harnarayan Singh, with analysis from Louie DeBrusk and reporting by Shawn McKenzie. 

Meanwhile, the matchup between the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins will feature play-by-play announcer John Bartlett, analyst Garry Galley, and reporter Kyle Bukauskas.

Additionally, Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi will also broadcast select playoff games on Saturday nights on OMNI Television. Mantar Bhandal and Harpreet Pandher will provide commentary, 

Randip Janda will handle hosting duties, and Gurpreet Sian and Taqdeer Thindal will serve as analysts. 

This weekend, they will be calling Game 4 between the Rangers and Hurricanes at PNC Arena. 

However, amidst the excitement of Round 2, it’s a bittersweet moment for fans of the Vancouver Canucks. 

Nevertheless, anticipation is high for Game 2 between the Oilers and the Canucks, scheduled to take place on Friday at Rogers Arena. 

Both cities have been going back and forth on social media, and even the premiers of each province have made friendly bets, but it remains to be seen how the intensity off the ice translates to on-ice performance for these two teams.


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