Unlike when the Rangers team of prospects took the ice for the 2011 Traverse City Tournament, the MSG Network cameras will not be rolling this year according to Jim Cerny, who added that highlights of the games will be posted on the team website instead.
Cerny subsequently added that the games won't be live streamed either.
The tournament begins tomorrow. For the Rangers roster click here. For full schedule, here.
...listen, I get that televising or live streaming an event like this costs money. But are the Rangers seriously going to tell us that a "Rewind" of Lundqvist's first NHL victory is going to draw better ratings than this tournament? Plus, the last time I checked, MSG stock was up over 30% this year. So I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have bankrupted the Dolans.
...MSG's television coverage of the Traverse back in 2011 was some of the best television coverage I have seen from the network. They did an outstanding job integrating social media with their coverage and included some very interesting and educational interviews with Rangers personnel such as Gordie Clark and Mark Messier during the game action. I am legitimately depressed that we won't get a chance to experience that again.
...and my criticism isn't solely directed at MSG as the NHL Network is even more derelict in not providing pictures of this tournament to their fans who are absolutely starving for some hockey right about now. I mean, it's the least they could do for a fan base that had endure yet another lockout last season.
Speaking of things not happening, Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that there will be no alumni game for either Yankee Stadium game involving the Rangers, Islanders and Devils this season.
...to be honest, after the Rangers/Flyers Winter Classic alumni game, this really isn't a big deal for me. I also think it's something that should be unique to the Winter Classic.
...although, it would have been a great opportunity for a Blueshirt alumni to win a spot in Rangers fans' hearts for life by taking out Dennis Potvin.
Also ridiculous that a network OWNED BY THE NHL & DEDICATED TO THE SPORT OF HOCKEY would not show any of this tournament as well - Holy crap, they just don't get it do they.
Just keep showing "classic" playoff games from recent years - yeah, that'll get ratings. A transplanted Ranger fan like me (to a city that lost an NHL franchise TWICE!) is dying to watch real hockey right now.
I think it is sweet that you still hold some kind of faith in MSG, the Rangers and the NHL. Ridiculous and ignorant, but sweet.
MSG airs summer league Knicks crap, and can't air 5 days of this for rangwrs fans... What a joke. Just another punch to the gut of all rangers fans courtesy of the ownership. I bet every other team there is broadcasting it for their fans, and some of their owners don't have a tenth of the money Dolan has.
MSG must want to push that piece of crap bracket show down our throat some more. or maybe 4 course (and mumbling about go knows what) with JB Smoove and a bunch of d listers? would it kill them to have some live broadcasting during the summer!? lazy, cheap, and self centered. why give people what they want when you're you're taking their money anyway. way to go MSG! if I didn't know any better I would guess that Sather ran this network aswell #summerbreak!!!!!
It's absolutely ludicrous that the NHL network would prefer to air old games and last years plays of the week instead of live action! This is where one would think that MSG would step up for the local fans and begin building fan support for the new prospects = $$$ in apparel sales etc that much sooner... Actually dumbfounded by the lack of foresight by a network with such clearly deep pockets to miss out on an opportunity to milk a fan base desperate for hockey action!
@FREE LINDBERG Are they? 'Cause I haven't seen anything anywhere saying any team is broadcasting...
@JMK8363 +1 totally agree, pathaetic that the Dolan$$$ are not airing this