VERSUS announced Wednesday that the network would carry four games featuring the Carolina Hurricanes this season. The two games against Minnesota in Helsinki, Finland, a November 29th home game against Dallas and a March 15th road game in Buffalo will be the four games where Hurricane red will be shown to the entire country.
If shocked isn’t the word for this announcement, then I’m not sure what is. Last season saw the Canes come off a trip to the Eastern Finals and a team with all the makings to make a deep run through the journey known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Obviously, it didn’t quite work out the way we all planned but that doesn’t mean we didn’t expect it to happen.
Despite a great 2008 – 2009 season and all the hype that was for the 2009 – 2010 season, the Canes played a grand total of 0 games on VERSUS. Not a single one. None of the six games against NHL golden boy Alex Ovechkin? How about one of the four games that re-matched the Eastern Conference Finals against the NHL’s man crush Sidney Crosby? Not the second game of the year against Boston which was the first meeting since the epic seven round series?
So coming off an awful year that saw trades injuries and everything that goes with bad seasons, the Canes get four games on VERSUS? Yeah, because it makes sense now but not last season.
The NHL Premier games are always televised on VERSUS, so those made sense. The love affair from the Olympics with Ryan Miller last season makes the Buffalo game appearing on tv also makes sense. But Dallas in Raleigh? That one is about as far out in left field as the Beast was from The Sandlot.
I’m no way saying I’m upset that Canes have coverage this year. As the old saying goes, “there is no such thing as bad press.” Coverage is coverage. All I’m saying is VERSUS, you are about a year late.