The Buffalo Sabres have announced their announcing pairings for the upcoming season. As previously announced, Rick Jeanneret and Harry Neale are moving to a part-time schedule. They will call 57 games with Rob Ray as a rinkside reporter/analyst.
The bigger news is who will be calling the other 23 games that MSG plans to produce. The Buffalo News reports that current MSG Buffalo studio host Kevin Sylvester and part-time Sabres studio analyst Danny Gare will get the call. Sylvester has filled in for RJ a few times the past couple of seasons to some middling reviews. Gare was with the Sabres’ Empire Sports before becoming the Columbus tv analyst. He worked there for a few seasons until being let go in 2009. He returned to the Sabres fold in 2010, filling in for analyst Mike Robitaille after Robitaille suffered some health issues. The pairing between Sylvester and Gare should make for an interesting contrast to RJ/Neale/Ray. While RJ can get quite excited, Sylvester seems more calm. Neale on the other hand is the calm one to RJ while Gare should be the opposite as he showed great enthusiasm during his time with the Jackets. Good luck to Kevin and Danny as they will be under plenty of pressure, trying to fill some very big shoes.