In case you thought that TSN didn’t have enough insiders, add Pierre LeBrun to the list. Of course, LeBrun was already working for ESPN which partly owns TSN so it only makes sense for him to join TSN. In addition, LeBrun gets to be a part of the fledgling TSN Radio operation. While LeBrun will continue to contribute to ESPN, he will be gone from CBC and Hockey Night in Canada.
The loss of LeBrun is another big blow to HNIC. Even though LeBrun didn’t actually work for CBC outside of HNIC, he often contributed the most breaking news and insight to the program’s Hotstove segment. On top of that, it appears that TSN is planning to emulate the Hotstove by adding a new segment to the NHL on TSN. This comes from the press release –
LeBrun will join (Bob) McKenzie, (Darren) Dreger and host James Duthie on Insider Trading – a new NHL on TSN segment that provides the inside word on everything happening in the hockey world.
Perhaps Scott Morrison and Tim Wharnsby will now take on a more active role at HNIC as they are somewhat wasted in their current roles. They are both good writers but are hamstrung and rarely get valuable air time. CBC will need someone to bring news to the Hotstove as Mike Milbury and Eric Francis largely just spout off their opinions while LeBrun brings the news. Either way, the loss of LeBrun and the earlier departure of Jeff Marek means that HNIC will see some significant changes this coming season.