Rick Jeanneret is cutting back on his broadcast schedule, but there is no word on the replacement yet.
"This is relatively a new development," Sabres President Ted Black said by phone. "In terms of what the plan is, I’m really not sure yet. We’re looking at this as just another thing we take a fresh look at."
The Sabres simulcast their games, with Jeanneret’s call going on television on MSG and on radio at WGR-AM 550. It’s possible each station could have different announcers during the games without Jeanneret.
Greg Ried, general manager of Entercom Buffalo, said WGR will collaborate with the Sabres on the ideal course of action.
"Everything’s on the table," Ried said by phone. "We really haven’t even had time to digest it yet. Just like the Sabres, we’ll be working with them and taking our time trying to figure out exactly what is best for the fans."
In addition to the expected arrival of numerous out-of-town candidates, the Sabres have several possibilities nearby to fill the duties of Jeanneret and Neale. Sabres studio host Kevin Sylvester called games during Jeanneret’s vacations, as did WGR’s Paul Hamilton and Portland Pirates announcer Mark Jeanneret, Rick’s son. Former Sabres player and broadcaster Danny Gare is also available.