New Jersey Devils defenseman P. K. Subban will join ESPN as an analyst for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports.
Subban will make his debut Wednesday on SportsCenter, according to Marchand.
It's an excellent move for ESPN, and for the sport of hockey as a whole. Subban is one of the league's most gregarious players, he is an exceptional interview, and often provides a perspective that most hockey players rarely entertain in the mainstream.
Subban recorded five goals and 19 points with the Devils in 2021, a down year for the 2012-13 Norris Trophy winner.
ESPN entered a seven-year, $2.8 billion partnership with the NHL in March, allowing the network to broadcast four of the next seven Stanley Cup finals, and the acquisition of Subban for the remainder of these playoffs is a forward-thinking move. NBC is in its final year of its current television deal with the NHL.
Marchand also reported that former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes is heading to ESPN as a studio and game analyst. Weekes, who currently works for the NHL Network, is joining ESPN in a permanent role — whereas Subban will return to the Devils for the 2021-22 campaign.
It's been a busy few weeks for the Worldwide Leader in Sports, but if the Weekes and Subban hirings are any indication of the network's plans are for the upcoming television deal, hockey coverage is beginning to look a lot more exciting.
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