Jeanneret will take time to decide whether he’ll return to booth
Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret has a big decision to make about his future after he calls the team’s final game of the season Saturday.
But he is in no rush to decide whether he will be back in the booth for another season in 2019-20.
“I have not decided that,” said Jeanneret, who turns 77 in July and has been calling Sabres games on radio or television since 1971.
“I’m staring at six months off in front of me now beginning on Sunday morning. I am going to have some time, and Iamgoing to take some time, because it is a pretty big decision for me. I can’t say. I just don’t know. Even if I come back, it is not for another six months.” It is Jeanneret’s call. Last October, Jeanneret said whether he continues to work is a “year-to-year” decision.
Back then, Mark Preisler, the executive vice president for media and content for Pegula Sports and Entertainment, said this of Jeanneret’s future: “As long as he continues to call the game at the same level, he’ll be around.”
Of course, it probably wouldn’t be smart for Jeanneret to make a rash decision after the Sabres’ collapse this season, following a promising start that led to high TV ratings during the team’s 10-game winning streak.
“I’ve seen a lot of bad hockey teams in my 48 years,” said Jeanneret in a telephone interview Wednesday night. “And not necessarily just Buffalo. A lot of bad teams, period. I’ve never seen one where the wheels fell off like this one did. I don’t know what happened. I
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