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Jeanneret’s Career Headed For O-O-Overtime

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.

Twitter: @DaveDavisHockey

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David Lee's avatar

I sort of swim against the stream down here with respect to the Sabres.  My opinion isn’t popular, but I like Rick Jeanneret.  He has passion and knowledge that few broadcasters have.  And, like it or not, his calls are really entertaining. 

I’m still amazed that he simulcasts radio and teevee.  Those are such different animals, and he makes it look really easy to handle.  We all know, of course, that it’s not easy work. 

It sucks that he’s reducing his work load, but it’s great that he’s staying on board for home games.

Posted by David Lee from Greensboro, NC on 05/26/11 at 02:09 PM ET


This is great news, I got to meet RJ and Harry last year at a Sabres event in Florida and they are both nice guys who are very funny.  Neale in particular I think is even funnier in person than on TV.

Posted by Devils In The Details on 05/26/11 at 02:43 PM ET

@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

“I’m still amazed that he simulcasts radio and teevee.”

For those that may not know, he originally was a radio-only guy.  During his transition to television he was advised not to change a thing, which is a formula he still abides by and is why you hear more play-by-play and less storytelling during the action.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 05/26/11 at 03:38 PM ET

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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.

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