According to the Dispatch folks, the broadcasting contracts with Matthews, Davidge, Gare and Rimer are all in limbo, though Rimer appears to be safe. Check out the article here.
Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but I think this is a bad time to do a shakeup. I, for one, think that the radio team is very good, with a great balance between the more reserved Davidge and George, who brings that uniqueness that you love in a play-by-play guy. They have grown with the Jackets, and tearing that team out right now would leave a bad taste in the mouth of many fans.
Frankly, IMHO, if we were looking to make a change, the TV crew would be the one to go. Don’t get me wrong, I love Danny Gare as a person. He is a great guy, and does know hockey. He is a train wreck with a Telestrator, and really does not bring the depth that I want to see in a TV analyst. His period break analysis of certain plays can be good, but all too often his fumbling of the Telestrator distracts from the point he is trying to make, and after several broadcasts in a row, you begin to realize that he is essentially just making the same point over and over. A TV color guy really needs to bring a lot of depth to the table, as we can already see the game — now give us more.
Rimer has a good voice and presence, but his constant name-dropping and gaffes in player (and sometimes team) names are really annoying. He is also spectacularly predictable. Every time we are in St. Louis , you know that Rimer will interview John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations for the Blues. This is especially painful when you play road games in St. Louis twice within two weeks.
Agree or disagree with me, but let’s make our voices heard. Email, call, fax or write Larry Hoepfner, Marc Gregory or Russ Mollohan at the Blue Jackets and let them know how you feel about the broadcaster teams. Post your views here as well.