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6/12 Rick Jeanneret on Harry Neale's Foster Hewitt Award, the Cup finals, and the draft

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Rick Jenrette joins us right now legendary play by play voice of the Buffalo Sabres charging more to do it. To a great Dario on it and enjoy this on and off weather right. It's very and percent touring again tomorrow so you can really did you purchase them twenty days earlier. That's not great is what is great news is -- he'll -- out of with the Foster Hewitt award which you were awarded. Last year your thoughts on -- getting this honor. Well -- is it indeed it is an honor first of -- and if there's anybody deserving among the broadcasters in the NHL. Who's not in their already it would be heard Neal about. But I -- not only because of what he has done as a broadcaster and I know you can't go from one end of the spectrum to the other. But I don't think it should be ignored that he spent a lot of successful and supplies but to successfully -- is a coach and general manager -- both the united chill and movement but WH -- Some of that might be reflected upon when you when you go back to look at his career. And certainly I think he's got more stories and such and always have more storage a bonus. Endeavors as coach and GM and he does broadcaster and I've been revealed with them over five years of a longer a map and I'm known. There's one thing that I missed both area there's that we don't travel together any -- of socializing on the road this kind -- a -- and I can't tell him that. Perry noted don't report probably. The illusion that it's obviously -- to the senate version. Is that component used different. Yet -- so the one thing -- people. Asked me actually about the Baltic view Rick. At a time traveling with you guys would be the stories and just sitting there in. Being a listener on the great history you both have. And shared it and to me that was always the best part of. Here territory is better memory than I do go economical things have happened. Along time ago and and some of the things that he doesn't mind throwing stones at himself shall. Is there some of -- stories are not always sort of is that most comfortable for Amanda talking boat but he -- to both -- -- -- -- I certainly does typically the ones that general manager and a coach as you mentioned Rick. He was one of if not -- first strike former coaches and general managers to. Go to the -- is typically as Terry mentioned yesterday it's mostly ex players. It's mostly at school returning to go look at the that seems -- -- the way it -- -- goaltenders who are the ones were -- if you -- down the -- there's an awful lot of them. But you're right there and in terms of nowadays and maybe a few more or are getting involved in the -- clinching nowadays because. The input of the TS send this and this fortunate and that type of thing in this world and they all have panel shows. And so now they do start to bring in the -- GMs in the -- coaches at. And issue them with more of an input in the game than you do in the early days when they really didn't have shows like. Rick generate -- your course we're talking about air radio beam. Announced yesterday as the Foster Hewitt award winner Rick your experience. Last fall if you could take is back to that the ceremonies there what was it like for you. -- it was really me hooligans just lynch -- issues is what. If it was it was a great honor there's a notable whatsoever. And there are so many people there who might new. And chambers -- Treated me in my probably incredibly well and a that was a good night as part of its and we got to -- a one up and my whole family was aboard including my mom and that just to have that ceremony and -- if they'd only been able to get rejected the -- I would have been a lot better off the unfortunate. That. There's no chance I have ever and I could -- hundred pounds -- -- buttoned up that you are -- dividend. Hey you should get some all of -- suspenders made. There you go but but I tell where the jacket opened his does that Wear -- jacket it's too small but somebody discovered on the wrong so there's that's also an event. It all and -- -- it was a great day and it was it was the type of thing that you. For my summer last year there was several honors and discuss the capped off the -- but -- summer governance. Rick ways -- and I think it here buffalo. You know fans -- appreciation for working on the sabres broadcasts and most. Fans left some. -- Remember -- from hockey night candidly -- you're living Canada. Is give us your thoughts. The Bob -- Harry -- combination before it was a regenerate your new company. Are there there were prepared together. Absolutely and while still go -- out of them in he's been doing in the general Stanley Cup you're not doing the final but. Is done a couple of series up until now. But I think they peace yet featured several partnership cherry left. And I've nothing against them in the pros to work with them. But they work better with other people than they do what club -- only angered anybody that interacted with Bob Cole as well Terry O'Neill does. Agreement that yes they were there are awesome together and now I have three. Sabres broadcasters. Who as a boss futile war winners and that's that's pretty special -- It is considering there -- that there haven't been a whole lot of broadcasters. In terms of at least let them play anyway as far as as -- are concerned. And the color guy is a little bit surprised to learn to hasn't got a call on maybe one of these days he will and a he'll be selected due to join us some all. Yeah Jim Lawrence also outstanding job that. -- you've had you've had some great analysts over the years -- In fact is that the longer they last I don't know that's a tribute to -- to them but probably to them. There to put up with recruits for many years as they. Non trying to workers -- doing here is get a few years to go before he gets up there the. Well he's gonna join us coming up at 1030 and his thoughts on -- we'll see how long it will work review -- -- lasting until the it. You know it could have just get a -- as an -- reverend Rick you're gonna have an extension of this country actually sort of attached -- Congratulations and should you may appear on longer than I am in the he wrote back that didn't think so that this one could be the end of its familiar she's gonna have. Shoulder operation shall. Now and we wish him certainly -- it was nice to see in my had a nice run. There were the LA kings Rick. Before I like your thoughts on the Stanley Cup final because one thing -- -- Valerie Jarrett he watches. Loves hockey and that's why you -- to you do it. You are gonna continue want to know it was and now but I. I think it right after the season but some fans listening out of state to it's got a -- somebody Florida's enjoyed hearing your voice. So we just want to reiterate what you said shortly after the season. Well. Have agreed to come back and should reserve agreed to take me back. Minister how many games and we'll do I have no idea. I'm not blown smoke militia that and the reason that I have no idea mister convention schedule that. Did tell the Buffalo News that they would do. More than 50% but that could be 42 -- -- I'm just sitting doing more than that but intelligent schedule I really have no idea. But how many games are going to do but I am looking forward to going back and their I know a lot of broadcasters in the league found that less trees and what they've condensed schedule and and there was a little tough to handle and I didn't find that that sort. Mr. Hersh for him to Brazil but. I really didn't think it was that tough schedule them. There weren't very many back to back games and that's what I don't enjoy very much it's also. -- to give -- blackened and the hockey department credit they're really worked hard on the schedule for last year but that was set up before the -- go to curtains over it had been a regular she's a and there are very few back up back to back games there and I was looking forward to a season -- -- -- that I would do all the games and but they did a wonderful job on whether it be able to do that again this year with the being compressed again because of the Olympic -- be a tough tour. Well I know this if the team heads to add it to you better go because it will be a third time. If you don't go that there's our guy there wants to interview we view -- camera -- -- be very upset once again. I thought that -- would never removed. Buffalo and -- know I. No no problem with traveling people but that I I wouldn't go to the West Coast because. I do want to travel there really wasn't it was so that was the only place that really afforded me within the scheduled to take. An extended period of time off week here at ten or twelve days -- that was the reason that I do most undernourished in the inside the prediction rain on the way things are going well. But I wanted to -- You know what it's too bad because actually it's a -- a bad place are very few. Don't remember yeah. It was -- brought America west during I guess it was a the united but I begin. You know where this asteroid yet downtown and now that we got neglect at the -- light like this that are -- the hotels right there. There are few pubs right there to go watch games and and it gave up to get a car. Don't political clout whatsoever so that if I thought -- goal it through there maybe you'll. Make that trip -- regenerate -- here Rick who do you like in the Stanley Cup finals here between Chicago Blackhawks in the Boston wrote. Boy it was a tough call I think it's going to be. Hugely competitive series really it's going to be a great series. I think it's gonna real long series but in the end it. Patrick came and company will -- on. -- -- -- RJ. Just act quick trivia question for you the last original six match up in you know whom -- teams were and what year was. No I don't. Haven't I do obvious you do you know yet so. You cheated and he -- I read the paper. I didn't see it I didn't -- when they have that and there. Anyway give me -- are 79 it was Montreal and they'll ring the New York Rangers do it. As it 1979. It. So cuts on the look forward to your little -- I hope at least goes six games maybe seven because we are cheated in the conference finals of both both sides -- -- I was hugely disappointed in the performance of the Pittsburgh Penguins in -- -- -- order book registered their word that. I category as well but I just didn't think. And given everything they've done to try and strengthen that team going into the the play she. Boy and and now they're a little bit and strong. They got some players that are Maria and a and a moral and -- in -- of they probably won't be able to keep what they've given up some assets in order to acquire them and it didn't work out for. What do you what you see happening there in Pittsburgh you -- I mean that you possible coaching change you think goaltender change and what you. What are your thoughts. Well I think that the number one Marc-Andre Fleury certainly did not have a very good run -- company he wasn't the only want. I thought that a couple of them -- was coaching maneuvers. We're probably what. We would have expected them do it but what -- personnel on the racial a couple of locations but. However he's had such enormous success it has been in Pittsburgh. Except for this year is that it would be a tough call the trigger a little. That's certainly what -- final thing. How old. And trying to award mr. right away how -- treaty. Is this offseason going to be for the Buffalo Sabres at your mind. Very. First of all I have to make some determination about players -- we we certainly know about a book publisher of the Vatican and Ryan Miller. Whether they're going to be back or not and that's a tough call you know and Orion has some criticism last year but. -- without him where you're going to be in the standards you know there was. And he's too valuable to goaltender but it -- he won't just go away I mean they're very good they're gonna make a move that involves Ryan Miller. It'll be a -- They're gonna get a lot back. And and in the same condition it would with Thomas because they could courses is the only real goal scorer but they have on the roster. Or one that's -- But himself for the last W church. It you know and it's all right just a rebuilt. But it's not as easy as just doing that. Not as easy going coach not what I looked Lucy get McKinnon been number one draft choice I would absolutely it would -- I would take command and assess your own shoes and -- did not because I think. Jones is a poor are people that are not well finish such an imagination but I think McKinnon is the kind of kid that. Who can really make things happen and I watched the entire memorial cup and I was. Really really impressed. Well if you're looking for immediate. You know return for your first overall -- and it's a little harder -- -- -- RJ over the years to see. A number one pick defenseman step in a player right away and that it is to to kind of rotated and a top -- forward would you say. Right -- admit it but I think that McKinnon is at a level. That at least at this point in time where he's an eighteen year old that. And I know I'm comparing him to gods of this world but the budget bankrupt. I think -- right now is good hockey player at eighteen as soon because we know whether he can develop and carry on that mode that's different story I don't know. That is some very high carries -- -- any. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I just thought he sees the initial well management recognize. You know -- it would talk to once -- said goalie in the memorial cup with Seth Jones was probably the top guy but after it. McCain didn't really switch spots dominated. Your comments Rick seemed to -- that. And then there were some other is to the -- kids he was he was awesome but probably guys you expected to see. Be great you know because they're they're repaired one to a pretty you know that they're setting up the top of the heap and after watching them I like them fully appreciate the fact that they were numbers 12 through. All right we appreciate the time today thank you for that it's a load your lovely wife -- And all right take care RJ. I write the great regenerate -- this year coming up Morgan talked to robbery also. We'll get his thoughts -- -- finals tonight and Kerry -- Being named the Foster who award winner by the way Harry will be witness -- studio for two hours tomorrow right here at sabres hockey on that was. -- scheduled before the award was announced if you -- -- -- area because we haven't scheduled coming tomorrow also the hotter hope auction is. Go.