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Billy Jaffe not Returning this season?

By John Panarese

According to a post I read on IPB, it appears Billy Jaffe is not going to be offered a contract with MSG to be the color man this season for the Islanders. I do not know if this information is “officially” true as of yet, but from what I read, I am led to believe that it is so.

Personally, I find this to be quite disappointing and discouraging. Jaffe’s analysis over the last four years has been so insightful and impressive. As a student of the game of hockey, he taught me so much by listening to his descriptions of plays and his in depth explanations of positioning on even the smallest aspects of a game. You simply do not find color guys who can offer such spot on observations and the ability to make one understand why or why not a simple pass or the placement of a stick was so important. Whether you are a fan of the game or casual observer, Jaffe has the ability to make you “understand” what is going on out on the ice at any given time.

Having also had the honor and privilege of having met Mr. Jaffe this passed April, I am all the more disappointed. I believe Billy also did analysis for Verses and for the NHL network, so I have no doubts that someone will snatch him up. Unfortunately, he has a wife and two children, as well as a house on the island. From what I read, he really wanted to stay in New York.

If this information proves to be true, I wish him the best of luck and thank him for his great work in the booth with Howie over the last four seasons. To me, he will be sorely missed.