ESPN Attempting To Fill The Vacant Hockey-Guru Spot

Friday, September 19, 2008

Color me surprised that ESPN decided to even fill their Hockey-guru role at all considering the amount of coverage the currently have. According to the Buffalo News, that person will be ex-NHLer and current Time Warner TV Show Host, Matthew Barnaby....

Former Buffalo Sabre Matthew Barnaby is expected shortly to be named as Barry Melrose's replacement as ESPN's hockey analyst, The Buffalo News has learned.

According to broadcasting sources, Barnaby and the cable sports network are finalizing details on the deal to replace Melrose, who left after last season to become the coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Barring a last-minute snag, Barnaby's hiring could be announced within a few days.

The 35-year-old Barnaby, who has teamed with former Sabre Rob Ray on a Time Warner cable show, "The Enforcers," also played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay in his 13-year NHL career.
I remember Barnaby as a player but I have no idea what he's like as an analyst. This obviously point back to the fact that ESPN might still be trying to get the NHL back on its stations, but you never know with those shifty folks.

Former Sabre Matthew Barnaby set to join ESPN (Buffalo News)
Matthew Barnaby to Join ESPN (Going Five Hole)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:12 AM


He was used a few times on tsn and he wasn't that bad. You still wanted to punch him in the face, but not because of his broadcasting.

Anonymous said...
Sep 19, 2008, 11:39:00 AM  

I thought Barnaby was great on TSN because he didn't back down to those other analysts. I was surprised how good he was. If he calls Newark a dump then he's ok by me.

I hope this means they show more of Barnaby's goal celebrations. All 5 of them

rs27 said...
Sep 19, 2008, 11:41:00 AM  

Hopefully the NHL will move back to ESPN. Versus is awful...

jfein said...
Sep 19, 2008, 11:51:00 AM  

Appearing on SportsCenter for five minutes at a time probably ain't a bad gig.

Anonymous said...
Sep 19, 2008, 11:54:00 AM  

the nhl is better off without espn, but barnaby is a good choice

Mike Georger said...
Sep 19, 2008, 12:24:00 PM  

Two words:

Chicken Parm.

Anonymous said...
Sep 19, 2008, 1:42:00 PM  

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