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Jeanneret to return next season

By Alan Pergament

Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret confirmed this afternoon that he plans to return to the TV and radio booth next season.

The 70-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer added he won't know how many games he will work until the National Hockey League schedule comes out.

"I'll do most of them," said Jeanneret in a brief telephone interview. "I won't know how many I will do until I see the schedule."

Jeanneret worked 44 of the 48 games this past season, missing the first four games because of an illness. He added he has a year left on his contract.

There has been some recent speculation about Jeanneret's future, which could have impacted whether the Sabres would have separate radio and television announcing teams on WGR and MSG, respectively.

Greg Ried, the vice president and general manager of WGR and other Entercom stations in the market, had previously told me that he would only be interested in having a different announce team if Jeanneret stopped doing the games and even then it would depend on who would replace him. That is no longer a concern.

"Since Rick said he is coming back, our plan is to have him back on the radio," said Ried this afternoon.

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