Steve Goldstein, the television voice of the Florida Panthers, will be calling Miami Dolphins preseason games this month and it all starts Saturday as Miami visits the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. on CBS-4.
Goldstein was officially named the Dolphins’ preseason play-by-play voice last month; he will be joined in the booth by Hall of Famer Jason Taylor with former Dolphins defensive standout (and restaurateur) Kim Bokamper working the sideline.
The new Channel 4 preseason team will only work two of Miami’s three exhibition games this summer as the final preseason game against the Bengals will be broadcast nationally.
This will not be Goldstein’s first experience with the Dolphins as he hosted pre- and postgame shows on the team’s radio network frome 1995-2004 and again from 2012-15.
“I am very excited to be working with Jason Taylor and Kim Bokamper, someone I have known for a long time and have worked with him before,” Goldstein said last month.
“Doing the Dolphins broadcast, the NFL, is very exciting. I used to do radio for the team so it is nice to get back in there.
“It should really be fun, this is a good team and there will be a lot of eyes on the preseason. There’s a lot at stake. They have some good roster battles, everyone wants to see how Tua is doing. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Saturday is the first preseason game so don’t expect to see too many of the team’s stars getting much playing time.
FLORIDA PANTHERS LINKS
The Florida Panthers made a surprising announcement Friday morning with the signing of future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton to a one-year contract.
Thornton said he had the contract from GM Bill Zito sitting around for the past couple of weeks and, well, decided to finally sign it.
This is a strong depth move for the Panthers who will have an absolute battle royale for the final spots on a very crowded roster. I will have more on where Thornton fits in — and who could be on the way out — on Sunday.
For now, though, here is Friday’s story on Thornton coming to South Florida to chase the Stanley Cup. Yeah, it felt strange typing that. (FHN)
— In case you missed it, Friday’s FHN Daily featured a Hockey News story on Jaromir Jagr continuing to play — and save — his Czech team Kladno. (FHN)
AROUND THE NHL
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the NHLPA has notified players the NHL will not pay for COVID-19 insurance at the Olympics or during Olympic qualification events if the league decides to allow participation in the Beijing Games.
If a player were to contract Covid-19 while playing in the Olympics, they would not be paid for NHL games missed upon their return. (SN)
— The NHL is requiring anyone who deals with players to get vaccinated. (SN)
— Checking out all the offseason moves of the Vancouver Canucks. (VHN)
— With no cap space, the Golden Knights need players like Nolan Patrick to take off. (VHN)
— The city of Bridgeport agrees to renovate their arena in order to keep their AHL partnership with the Islanders. (NYIHN)
— Musings on the Pittsburgh Penguins. (PHN)