Sometimes, it's fun to pick up on how NBCSN is doing. We don't write about it much as we (and by we, I mean both myself as someone who's covered the NHL on TV forever, and hockey fans in general) used to. I think part of it is the 10-year contract. We all know the league is in this relationship into the next decade. But part of that is that there's fewer and fewer chances to complain about what the network is doing.
This was a real thing!
Personally, I think NBCSN's doing as good a job at programming the league as they have since they rebranded from VERSUS. They do an hour-long pre-game show before every single telecast, which no network in the history of hockey has ever done on a consistent basis. Not in America or Canada. You can complain that you don't agree with Milbury or whatever, but it's mostly a well-run ship. Liam McHugh is an immensely likable hockey host, and Keith Jones has developed into one of the game's better analysts.