NBC and Versus television networks have just released their schedules—and for the sake of anyone who watches that channel on a regular basis, I hope you're a New York Rangers fan. That's because starting with the Rangers and Lightning game in Prague on October 5, the Rangers will be featured a record maximum eight times this season.
The Complete Rangers on Versus schedule:
October 5; 12PM New York Rangers Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
December 29; 7PM New York Rangers Vs. New York Islanders
January 5; 7PM New York Rangers Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
February 9; 7PM New York Rangers @ New Jersey Devils
February 16; 7PM New York Rangers @ St. Louis Blues
March 9; 7PM New York Rangers @ Carolina Hurricanes
March 24; 7PM New York Rangers Vs. Minnesota Wild
March 30; 7PM New York Rangers Vs. New Jersey Devils
Let me start off by saying that I absolutely hate Versus, more then any other organization that ever covered the sport of hockey. There's five minutes of pre-game coverage and then a whopping thirty minutes of post-game and league highlights.
Many people can't stand their main announcer Mike "Doc" Emerick—but compared to Joe Benninatti, the guy is like a God.
There were times when I actually muted the broadcast and listened to music instead, and I damn well enjoyed it. Now, since I'm developing my radio voice, I might as well broadcast the games myself.
So, for the Rangers fans out there, hearing this news should come as a huge disappointment, as this is now eight less times we get to hear our beloved Sam Rosen.
But, if there is a good side to this, the Rangers only play the Penguins once, so we'll only have to deal with the non-stop Crosby love fest for one evening—that is, unless Crosby has some sort of bearing on the Rangers-Hurricanes outcome.