VERSUS Playoff Problem: Who’s Calling These Games?
February 25, 2009 10 Comments
We look at the standings pretty often, as any NHL fan does. We noticed something recently, that numerous teams that have broadcasters who work for The NHL On VERSUS are in the playoff picture.
What the hell does that mean? That means some of your favorite commentators will not be able to work some of the bigger games once the playoffs starts. For example, while Mike Emrick can get out of Devils work to do NBC games, the same does not hold true for VERSUS. Ditto Eddie Olczyk.
So, who is available at this point? If the playoffs began today, here’s a list of VERSUS talent that could do Stanley Cup opening round games:
Now, this could conceivably work for VERSUS. What they usually do is cover three games in two nights themselves, and leave one to a CBC/TSN simulcast, which is something we despise but whatever. But with all the travel and chaos, you can’t think that VERSUS will go with just these folks.
So who would step in? On the play-by-play side, it’s likely Rick Peckham of the Lightning broadcast team, who’s done VERSUS tilts in the past, would get the gig. As far as analysts – assuming Brian Engblom isn’t being taken from the studio post – John Vanbiesbrouck could rejoin the team, as he’s been pretty idle this season. Though it would cause conflict with the NHL’s “Hockey is For Everyone” thing (a million points if you get that joke).
All said and done, VERSUS will likely take the lazy route as it always does with hockey, and that’s all that matter.