Report: Pierre McGuire Joins The NHL On VERSUS

Wyshynski with the massive scoop:

NBC Sports’ makeover of VERSUS’ NHL coverage will begin dramatically with Monday’s broadcast of the New York Rangers at the Detroit Red Wings.

According to a network source, Sam Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports and the man that’s overseen its Winter Classic broadcasts, will produce Monday night’s coverage.

Pierre McGuire will debut as an “inside the glass” (i.e. between the benches) commentator, joining Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk in announcing the game.

On Tuesday, VERSUS studio analyst Brian Engblom will be “inside the glass” for the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mike Milbury will be inside the studio in place of Engblom.

8 Responses to Report: Pierre McGuire Joins The NHL On VERSUS

  1. nosferatu says:

    I really think McGuire is best when he’s not part of a three-man announcing crew, so while having him as part of the A-team group for Versus will add a “big game” feel to the proceedings, it’s not going to make for a better viewing experience.

    Sam Flood seems to be obsessed with a couple “innovations”: the behind-the-glass commentator and making Mike Milbury a star of the show. While the former *can* work, the latter has the potential to be an unmitigated disaster and continued embarrassment for the league, just as we saw with the pathetic name-calling fight between Milbury and McGuire on NBC.

    I don’t mind the idea of getting Engblom out of the studio and into the game broadcasts again, but otherwise? Not exactly sold on what Flood is bringing to Versus.

  2. DyHrdMET says:

    I think NBC/Versus are going in the wrong direction. There should be more of a Versus influence on the NBC broadcasts instead of the other way around. It’s hard to see NBC take control of something that had been built up over all these years and throw it down in the mud.

  3. E says:

    I agree. I think NBC needs to adopt the Versus coverage. NBC would be better off having a studio show instead of the horrible segments with Mcguire and Milbury.

  4. DyHrdMET says:

    you know, thinking more about it, i think NBC needs to separate the NBC telecasts and the Versus telecasts. I don’t mean from the talent, per se, or graphics (actually, go with Versus’ over NBC’s), but from the audience and how to approach the game. the NBC game of the week is really a difference audience and should be a different focus from Versus’s weeknight telecasts. NBC needs to realize that first.

    to that, I don’t like NBC’s “studio” show, but I do like having someone between the benches. Just not Pierre McGuire. And sometimes, it’s good to NOT have an ex-player playing the role of reporter (though some are just as good as the non-players are).

    If they’re thinking of other on air talent changes, I wonder what they have in store for game broadcasts (do they make Doc and Edzo call every game, possibly giving up their local gigs?). Versus doesn’t have anyone exclusive to Versus that hasn’t already been removed. Everyone on the telecasts moonlights at Versus and works for a team.

    • nosferatu says:

      Not sure this is what you mean, but I think the idea of NBC’s Sunday broadcasts as being for less of a hard-core audience is really irrelevant. The ratings have proven that–basically the only people NBC needs to worry about are the dedicated hockey fans. So in that respect, I totally agree–NBC needs to respect their audience more, as Versus has done.

      I’m guessing Sam Flood and the new folks are looking to make a splash with Monday’s game (Detroit and the Rangers, big/important markets), but we won’t actually see this crew consistently on Versus. Pierre has himself a pretty busy schedule with TSN and I doubt he’s going to be able to add to it that much this season.

      In terms of talent between the benches, I bet Billy Jaffe could be quite good in that role. Hopefully he gets a shot if they’re hell-bent on doing that now on Versus.

  5. Ryan says:

    Jeff Marek on Twitter (among others) reporting that Beninati is one of those gone in the VERSUS purge.

  6. Larry says:

    Yippie more blah blah rants. More “I’m serious statements” or “have fun out there”.

  7. Stephen says:

    Yeah! Whooooo! “High Fives”. No more Bob Harwood, Charissa Thompson, and other VERSUS sideline reporters as Pierre McGuire and Dick Ebersol told them to hit the road and never come back. Now we’re making VERSUS the best brand by using the Inside the Glass. Glad they decided to use it.

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