Jean­neret will take time to de­cide whether he’ll re­turn to booth

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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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