The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 05/26/11 at 01:05 PM ET
Most Buffalo fans love him and many outsiders can do without him, but nonetheless he’s coming back with a lighter workload this season.
Sabres play-by-play legend Rick Jeanneret, the longest tenured broadcaster in hockey, will only be calling around 10-15 road games during the 2011-12 regular season because the long road trips have been wearing on him.
Harry Neale, who has been doing Sabres color commentary for four years, will also work a reduced schedule.
Having never been 68 years old before, I can’t speak for how exhausting it is for someone the same age as my father to be on the road for 40-50 games in 8-9 months. But to be honest, in the big picture it doesn’t even matter. Sabres fans in general would be perfectly happy with having Jeanneret do only home games, if that’s what it would take for him not to retire. He also has unwavering support from team management.
In a nutshell, the man seemingly has the job for life. Discussing his new schedule arrangement on the radio this morning, Jeanneret sounded invigorated by new ownership and grateful for the fact that the team is being so accommodating to him.
How badly do folks here want him to prolong his career? A sports talk show caller today said that Buffalo fans would rather have Jeanneret call road games from his living room in front of a television than to have to endure listening to a different broadcaster.
He wasn’t joking, and he was probably right.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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