Your TV Guide and Open Thread for Night 21 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs


This will appear every night to inform you of the TV networks and announcers that will be covering the games during the playoffs.  Enjoy all the local and national info, after the jump.

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Denis Potvin Out as Panthers Color Analyst

We have to wonder if this was due to Potvin being too expensive to retain?  Well, we may never know, but we’re sure Potvin (Sucks!) will be given a job somewhere.  Like perhaps Columbus?

Here’s the announcement from the Panthers:

SUNRISE, FL – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and the Florida Panthers announced today the restructuring of the hockey club’s broadcast teams on FOX Sports Florida and Sports Talk 790 the Ticket for the 2009-10 NHL season. Steve Goldstein, Billy Lindsay and Randy Moller will return to the broadcast booth in 09-10, while Denis Potvin will not be retained. Goldstein will continue to handle television play-by-play duties with Lindsay joining him as color analyst, while Moller will call Panthers radio broadcasts on 790 The Ticket. 

“We look forward to teaming Steve “Goldie” Goldstein and Billy Lindsay on our television broadcasts and we are confident that they will provide entertaining and insightful commentary that will resonate well with our fans. Meanwhile, Randy Moller has done a superb job in the radio booth over the last two seasons providing our fans with exciting and colorful broadcasts that have gained attention on a local and national level.” said SSE president & chief operating officer Michael Yormark. “Finally, the entire Florida Panthers organization would like to thank Denis Potvin and his family for their service to our club, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.” 

Goldstein enters his third season as the team’s play-by-play voice on FOX Sports Florida. Prior to being named as the team’s television voice, he spent two years calling games as the club’s radio play-by-play broadcaster. His resume also includes nine seasons as the host of Panthers pre- and post-game shows on FOX Sports. Goldstein has been a familiar voice on the South Florida radio airwaves since 1994, hosting a variety of local radio programs. 

Lindsay has spent the last two seasons serving as the radio analyst on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, as well as working with FOX Sports Florida during their pre-game, intermission and post-game television broadcasts. A 14-year NHL veteran and member of the 1996 Panthers Eastern Conference Championship team, he played in more than 750 NHL contests for six different clubs scoring 83 goals with 141 assists. He appeared in 506 games (1993-99; 2001-02) with the Panthers recording 165 points (67-98-165).

Moller, a former Panthers defenseman, enters his third season as the team’s radio play-by-play broadcaster on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket. Moller has been a member of the Cats’ broadcast team for the last 12 years, serving in a variety of capacities, including as the club’s radio analyst and television host, providing Panthers fans with insightful and enthusiastic broadcasts. 

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 200 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center was a finalist for Arena of the Year in annual awards given by trade publication Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of Sawgrass Live presented by BankAtlantic.


We’re Not Gonna Lie, This Made Us Give Up on Not Posting

Now Lookie Here, Fellas…

We’ve been waiting to give you the ratings for Red Wings/Ducks in the middle of a super busy time of the year for us.  So, until we get the ratings figures, there will be no post until the TV Guide tonight. 

Something to consider while we wait:

  • How terrific an analyst is VERSUS #2 guy Darren Eliot?  Often lumped with Joe Beninati, he gets to shine with other play-callers, as he did with Dave Strader during the Detroit-Anaheim telecast last night.  The big complaint about many NHL TV analysts is that they refuse to be X’s and O’s and just heap meaningless platitudes and buzzwords on the players.  Well, Eliot does exactly that, give the X’s and O’s (while managing to often be complementary).  He described what a “good shift” for Corey Perry would entail late in the game, and broke down Jonas Hiller’s goaltending technique expertly, as he was a former goalie.  What’s your opinion?