Expect the NHL to announce that Versus will remain the cable carrier for NHL games heading into next season. A mutual option must be agreed upon by the January 1st 2008 deadline. No official agreement has been made but sources tell me not to expect the NHL and Comcast to part ways.
You can also expect to hear an announcement from the NHL that either ESPN or ESPN 2 will replace NBC and begin televising games next season. Sources tell me that the news is looking very positive for ESPN.
The biggest thing for ESPN is that they once again are televising the Stanley Cup playoffs and more importantly the finals.
An announcement will likely come sometime during this season’s Stanley Cup playoffs.
Potentially good news.