While he would certainly like to be lacing up the skates and doing battle on the ice with the Rangers during the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs right now, Blueshirt winger Matthew Barnaby has been keeping quite busy of late. For those of you who watch NHL2Night, you might have noticed a new addition in the hockey analyst chair in ESPN's Bristol, Connecticut studios this past weekend. Move over Ray Bourque and Keith Jones ... make way for #36!
Barnaby, who has appeared in 552 career NHL games with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and the Rangers, enjoyed his experience behind the bright lights and cameras. "It was an awesome experience," said Barnaby. "The people at ESPN are very professional and first class. It was definitely an eye-opener for me being on the other side of things. It was hard work but a lot of fun to be a part of."
"A lot of preparation goes into each show. There are a lot of things going on. You have to make sure you're looking at the right camera and know what is going on in each game. But talking hockey is always fun for me and you have to approach it like you're talking to one of your buddies rather than a national TV audience. It helps take the pressure off what you are doing."
With Ray Ferraro most likely moving into the saddle and taking the guest analyst reigns for the conference semifinals, Barnaby has returned to his home in the Buffalo, New York area, where he will remain for much of the off-season.
"I had a great time with it and I'd definitely be interested in doing it again at some point, but hopefully I'll be playing next year at this time!"