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Analyzing the Sabres Analyst

I review Buffalo Sabres TV analyst Harry Neale and (briefly) the rest of the broadcast team in today's Sports on the Air column.

Neale is easy to listen to -- sort of like mall music. But he doesn't go too deeply into game strategy.

Play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret, reporter Rob Ray and excellent studio host Kevin Sylvester deal with strategy more than Neale, who is heavy on statistics, giving replay descriptions and adding cutesy coaching philosophy.

Neale's biggest contribution is keeping his buddy Jeanneret around for a few seasons rather than retire.

I've weighed in. Now it's your turn to decide if I was too hard or too soft on the former Hockey Night in Canada analyst.

-- Alan Pergament 

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