New season. New general manager. A few new players. And now, confirmation of a new broadcast team.
The Flyers announced on Wednesday that former defenseman Chris Therien, who spent the last several years as the color commentator on the team’s radio broadcasts, will join the television team as the between-the-benches reporter.
That’s a large man that’s going to be in that somewhat cramped space night in and night out. I, for one, am already looking forward to seeing him squeeze into that, um, “roomy” space between the benches at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.
Therien will replace Steve Coates in that between-the-benches role.
Never fear, because “Coatsey” will still have an integral role as he will take over as the team’s radio color commentator next to Tim Saunders.
So, it’s basically a straight-up, Therien-for-Coates trade. No word yet on if either has passed their respective physicals for the trade to become official.
Coates had been a big part of the Flyers’ television broadcasts with his humor and unique approach to analyzing games for almost the last two decades. He’s a favorite amongst Flyers fans, and for good reason.
But now he gets the chance to go back to the team’s radio booth, where he spent his fair share of time before moving over to the television side. It’s not a stretch to say that with his personality, he can become the Flyers’ version of Larry Andersen. Those of you familiar with the Phillies’ radio broadcast know just how great of a thing that is.
The television broadcast shouldn’t miss a beat with Therien in his new role.
Therien, Jim Jackson, Bill Clement and Keith Jones should make for some pretty entertaining broadcast combos. “Bundy” is a pretty witty guy himself. If you ever heard him when he was on WIP, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
A telecast with Therien and Jones, two of the funniest guys in local sports, and Jackson regulating as he tries to call the action has unlimited potential.