Monday night’s game between the Coyotes and Dallas Stars at Jobing.com Arena is not on our local TV schedule, but the game is being televised nationally on Versus. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the Versus group of play-by-play announcers since they took over the national cable rights to the NHL from ESPN in 2005.
I will call Monday’s game on Versus, but I will have a different partner in the booth. Daryl Reaugh has been one of the analysts used on Versus telecasts for the past couple of seasons and “Razor” is the full-time analyst for Dallas Stars television. Razor and I have worked several Versus games in the past including the Coyotes-Stars matchup last season in Dallas.
So, what happens to Panger? Well, for many guys in this situation, it would simply be a night off. But Panger loves to work and we have a great relationship with the entire Dallas broadcast crew. Panger will be the analyst on the Dallas Stars radio broadcast with Ralph Strangis calling the play-by-play.
Panger and I have worked with Ralph in the past. During the 2007 and 2008 Western Conference Finals on NHL Radio, Panger and I worked together in the booth while Ralph was our sideline reporter.
Panger and Razor also have worked together before. They were the “odd couple” goaltending tandem for the Nova Scotia Oilers of the American Hockey League during the 1986-87 season. I say odd couple because Razor was listed at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds while Panger was listed at 5-5, 155 pounds!
So, Panger gets traded for Razor, which will make for a fun night for all of us and hopefully an entertaining one for the fans who tune in.
For those of you who aren’t sure where to find Versus and Versus-HD, here’s a list of channels in our viewing area: