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.

3 Responses to Denis Potvin Out as Panthers Color Analyst

  1. dyhrdmet says:

    wait… a former player is calling hockey play-by-play on the radio? that’s the toughest job in all of sports play-by-play, and outside of baseball TV, you don’t see many ex-jocks calling play-by-play at all.

  2. Brian says:

    Sorry to see Potvin go. He was there since the beginning, no?

  3. Rick says:

    Yeah, Denis had been with the Panthers since ’93. With all the turnover in recent years with the Cats, he had become one of the faces of the team.

    Columbus would be a great place for him – but only if he could be reunited with Rimer. They worked great with each other for a decade in Florida.

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