While the NHL wraps up its tenure with NBC as the broadcast home for the league, the future of the broadcasts on ESPN and Turner Sports continue to take shape. Earlier today, reports surfaced that long-time play-by-play broadcaster Kenny Albert would become the lead play-by-play voice for the NHL with Turner Sports, and now it appears that Eddie Olczyk will be joining him in the booth.
Hearing that after talks w/Turner & ESPN, Eddie Olczyk has agreed to a 5-year deal to become Turner’s lead NHL analyst starting next season.
Word is Olczyk will still have freedom to cover horse racing for NBC.
Also hearing Ray Ferraro is in line to become ESPN's lead analyst.
— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) May 6, 2021
According to Craig Morgan, Olcyzk has landed a five-year deal to join Turner Sports in the same role he has held with NBC Sports for the last 14 years. Olczyk, a man of the ponies, will continue to be part of NBC’s horse racing coverage according to Morgan and is likely to continue in his role as the Chicago Blackhawks regional analyst with NBC Sports Chicago.
Along with Olczyk partnering with Turner Sports, Morgan reports that Ray Ferraro is in line to become the lead analyst for ESPN’s game coverage. Ferraro has been a part of ESPN’s NHL coverage in the past and has been an analyst for the NHL on TSN, NBC, and Sportsnet for the better part of a decade and a half. He has also worked Olympic Hockey coverage in Canada over that last ten years.
ESPN is also likely to name Steve Levy and Sean McDonough as part of their broadcast team as well, according to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.