Penguins Notebook: Steigerwald, Errey to return
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Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey have signed multiyear contracts to return as the Penguins television announcers.
Steigerwald again will handle the play-by-play, with Errey, a player on two Penguins Stanley Cup teams, adding analysis. Their previous contracts with Root Sports ran out after last season, but there apparently was no impetus to look elsewhere.
"I think both Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey, if you're around them for one minute, you see their passion about Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Penguins and what they do," Shawn McClintock, senior vice president and general manager of Root Sports, said Thursday.
"Steigy was born and raised here and literally grew with the Penguins. Bobby, it's in his blood as he's in his second career with the Penguins."
Root Sports will televise at least 70 regular-season games after earlier this year signing to carry the Penguins through 2028-29. It likely will air all three home preseason games, too.
The network's Penguins games will feature new high-tech graphics.
"Visually, it will be a completely new look," McClintock said.
"Philosophically, there will be some new things as well."
The new look will extend beyond what Root Sports has done with Pirates broadcasts this season, McClintock said.
It will include new typefaces and a new look for such things as the introduction, the score box in the corner of the screen and the transitions in and out of replays.
"I'm excited about some of the new things we will be incorporating into our broadcasts on Root Sports," Steigerwald said.
"It's an honor to call games for the best fans in hockey. I can't wait to join Bob in the booth again."
Errey had similar thoughts.
"I can't think of anything else I'd rather do," he said.
"I am, and I know that our whole broadcast team is, excited to see what we've added."
The Penguins also will be getting a lot of national TV exposure in 2011-12.
The NHL released its full TV schedule Thursday, and it starts with their season opener, Oct. 6 at Vancouver, which will be the second game of a doubleheader on Versus.
Versus will be renamed NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2.
Any games on Versus or the NBC networks that are not exclusive nationally will be shown locally on Root Sports. Games on the NHL Network will be blacked out locally, but will be shown on Root Sports.
The national TV schedule, with Eastern times:
Oct. 6 at Vancouver, 10 p.m., Versus
Oct. 11 vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m., Versus (non-exclusive)
Oct. 13 vs. Washington, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Oct. 18 at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m., Versus (non-exclusive)
Nov. 15 vs. Colorado, 7:30 p.m., Versus
Nov. 17 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Nov. 26 at Montreal, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Nov. 29 at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m., Versus (non-exclusive)
Dec. 1 at Washington, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Dec. 8 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Dec. 20 vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m., Versus
Jan. 6 vs. New York Rangers, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Jan. 11 at Washington, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network
Jan. 19 at New York Rangers, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Jan. 20 vs. Montreal, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Jan. 22 vs. Washington, 3 p.m., NBC
Feb. 4 at Boston, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Feb. 11 vs. Winnipeg, 2 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
Feb. 18 at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.., NHL Network U.S.
Feb. 19 at Buffalo, 12:30 p.m., NBC
Feb. 25 vs. Tampa Bay, 1 p.m., NHL Network
Feb. 29 at Dallas, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network
March 7 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network
March 11 vs. Boston, 7:30 p.m. NBC or NBC Sports Network (possible)
March 15 at New York Rangers, 7 p.m., NHL Network U.S.
March 18 at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. NBC or NBC Sports Network
April 1 vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m., NBC or NBC Sports Network (possible)
April 3 at Boston, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network (non-exclusive)
April 7 vs. Philadelphia, 4 p.m., NBC or NBC Sports Network (possible)
The New York Islanders won't be celebrating their Feb. 11 brawl-filled, 9-3 win against the Penguins tonight after all.
Broadcast partner MSG Plus has switched to the Islanders 7-6 overtime win Feb. 13 against Buffalo, and the team's viewing party at a Uniondale, N.Y., restaurant will hold its team-sanctioned event based on that game.
The NHL and Penguins general manager Ray Shero had expressed disapproval of the original plan to revisit and cheer for a game that produced 346 penalty minutes, three suspensions, left Penguins winger Eric Tangradi with a concussion and prompted a scathing statement from Penguins owner Mario Lemieux.
Dan Bylsma, who spent the past two days coaching at the NHL research and development camp in suburban Toronto, today will join more than 40 other Penguins employees to help build a children's playground at 3rd Street Park in McKees Rocks.
They will team with volunteers from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, McKees Rocks Borough, the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation and organizers from KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that encourages children to play outdoors. The new playground's design is based on drawings by children who participated in a Design Day event in June.
The project is part of "Let's Play," a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get children and families active..
First Published August 19, 2011 12:00 am