Dan Dunleavy, Sabres agree to new deal
Dan Dunleavy, who shares the play-by-play duties for the Buffalo Sabres with Rick Jeanneret, agreed to a new, multiyear deal this morning to call the National Hockey League’s games on MSG and WGR radio.
Mark Preisler, the executive vice president for media and content for Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE), said Dunleavy remains the heir apparent to Jeanneret once the broadcasting legend retires.
Dunleavy’s contract with the team was expiring this summer. Several weeks ago, Dunleavy told The News that the recent death of his father made him step away from negotiations as he dealt with the loss.
“It is just a matter of working out the business side,” Dunleavy said at the time.
That is what was hammered out in a quick meeting this morning.
Under terms of his original five-year deal with the Sabres, Dunleavy was expected to be the full-time play-by-play man for the Sabres upon Jeanneret’s retirement following the 2016-17 season.
However, Jeanneret has continued working under a reduced schedule. Preisler confirmed Jeanneret’s goal next season is to work half of the games, which would leave the other half to Dunleavy.
Several weeks ago, the 75-year-old Jeanneret told The News he was “leaning towards coming back.”
The Hall of Famer began calling Sabres games on radio in the team’s second season in 1971 and has been doing simulcasts on TV and radio for 20 years.
“I still like the job,” added Jeanneret, who is the longest-tenured play-by-play announcer with one team in National Hockey League history. “I still don’t enjoy the road trips. This year, I had too many away games. I will cut back on the road trips.”