The NHL will not only be on ESPN during the coming season, but Turner Sports is getting into the mix as well with games on TNT.
On Tuesday, TNT released its complete list of announcers, commentators and contributors for the 2021-22 season.
In the studio, TNT will have Wayne Gretzky, Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet and Paul Bissonnette along with former NHL on NBC host Liam McHugh.
On the game side, Brendan Burke and Darren Pang have been added one team along with the previous announced team of Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk.
Keith Jones will provide ice-level analysis.
Jennifer Botterill, Tarik El-Bashir and Jackie Redmond will be contributors.
Turner Sports begins its NHL coverage on Wednesday, Oct. 13, with a doubleheader. The New York Rangers will visit the Washington Capitals in the opener with Chicago visiting Colorado in the nightcap.
FLORIDA PANTHERS LINKS
Spencer Knight has a place in Fort Lauderdale and we all expect him to be one of the two goalies the Panthers carry into the 2021-22 season.
Still, he says he is not thinking that way and says he feels he needs to “prove it every day.” (FloridaHockeyNow)
— The Panthers’ preseason doubleheader against the Nashville Predators at BB&T Center on Sept. 26 will benefit the growth of youth hockey in South Florida. Tickets will be a $10 donation (and includes parking). (FHN)
— Anton Lundell is really digging being in South Florida. (WSVN-7)
— The top prospects from each team to keep an eye on at training camp. (The Athletic)
— The Panthers are now offering what they’re calling a ‘premier ticket plan’ with interested fans being able to “pay one price and receive access to all weekend home games, holiday games and all premier opponents while receiving special benefits.” (Panthers.com)
AROUND THE NHL
The Ottawa Senators have reportedly offered Brady Tkachuk an eight-year contract worth $64 million. In 2019, the Sens gave that contract to Thomas Chabot. (Ottawa Sun)
— The Hurricanes announce their team is 100 percent vaccinated. (TSN)
— The Nashville Predators will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test at least through Nov. 15. The Predators are the 14th NHL team using similar requirements. (AP)
— Five storylines for the Penguins going into development camp. (PittsburghHockeyNow)
— Should the Golden Knights ‘go for it’ and make a run for Jack Eichel? (VegasHockeyNow)
— The Blue Jackets had no choice but to let new assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre go after he refused to be vaccinated. (Columbus Dispatch)
— Former Avs player and current AHL Colorado Eagles assistant coach Brent Clark quit after he refused to be vaccinated as well.(ColoradoHockeyNow)