With the start of the 2013-14 NHL season about a week away, the league’s teams are putting the finishing touches on their preseason games in preparation for determining their final 23-man or less rosters for when the real games begin.
Well above ice level, the Nashville Predators have made a couple of tweaks to both the radio and television broadcasts this season.
For the road games and the non-televised home games, the broadcast crews will be status quo from last season. Pete Weber will again handle the play-by-play on the TV side along with longtime sidekick, color analyst Terry Crisp. Back for his sixth season with the club, radio play-by-play man Tom Callahan will be joined again by analyst Stu Grimson.
The home games televised by Fox Sports Tennessee will be the ones where the changes will appear.
Former sideline reporter Mark Howard will move to fancier new digs as a studio host, with Grimson assuming the role of rinkside reporter. As part of his gig, Grimson will be providing analysis on the TV side as well as doing in-game and postgame interviews with players.
Callahan will continue to handle the play-by-play duties on the radio side, but with Grimson now roaming the building providing material for the TV broadcast, Callahan will be joined by a yet to be finalized rotation of color analysts.
As of now, the list of Callahan’s partners consists of former Predators still living in the area. These players include J.P. Dumont, Dan Keczmer, and Jay More, but may be expanded to others as the season progresses.