Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Barnaby in the booth

The big news out of Buffalo lately has been the sudden retirement of TV and radio analyst Jim Lorentz, and with a week before the regular season starts, the team is looking for his replacement in a hurry:
The Sabres have named former players Matthew Barnaby, John Tucker and Mike Robitaille to work three radio games with Jeanneret this week.

Asked if they were essentially trying out for Lorentz’s job, Quinn said: “You can think about it that way. We didn’t get a lot of notice. We’re trying to put together a broadcast team.”
Talk about a quick turnaround for Barnaby, who was playing with the Stars last season before concussion problems ended his career.

He's working tonight's preseason game here in Toronto.

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At 5:58 p.m., September 26, 2007, Anonymous said...

Big surprise for everyone I'm sure that Barnaby's mouth earned him a job in broadcasting. Hopefully he is good at it.

It's my opinion, that one of the many things holding back NHL in the U.S is the quality of the game announcers. Too often the jobs are just given to ex-players with no training and the results are often poor at best. The Center Ice Hockey package was my first realization of this. The difference a good broadcaster makes in the enjoyment of a game is extraordinary at least it is for me.

At 7:00 p.m., September 26, 2007, Blogger Hooks Orpik said...

penaltyshots: Barnaby did do some work with ESPN way back in the day when ESPN had hockey coverage and NHL2Night. I'm biased but I thought he did a pretty servicable job, he's an affable guy that obviously has some knowledge about the game and a pretty good analyst cap to wear.

We'll see how this tryout goes, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to see him flourish in a broadcast role.


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