Fox Sports Florida and the Panthers announced today that Craig Minervini will reprise his role as the Panthers’ pre-game, post-game, and intermission show host, replacing Drew Goldfarb who held the position for the past two seasons. Minervini had originally served as the host of the team’s broadcasts from 2003-2012 before being replaced by Goldfarb and since then has been covering the Miami Marlins with Fox Sports Florida.
The Panthers have also since announced that Doug Plagens will take over the radio play-by-play job on 560 WQAM with Randy Moller having moved to the television broadcast. Plagens was previously the play-by-play man for the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL.
Original article from 8/12:
Fox Sports Florida, the television home of the Florida Panthers, announced Wednesday that analyst Bill Lindsay will not be returning to broadcast team for the 2015-16 season and will instead be replaced by long-time radio play-by-play voice Randy Moller.
Bill Lindsay announced his departure from the network via Twitter late Monday night and 6 years after leaving 790 The Ticket to become the team’s color voice alongside play-by-play man Steve Goldstein. Lindsay saw a reduced role this past season after Denis Potvin returned to Fox Sports Florida and replaced Lindsay as the color analyst. The network says Moller, who has been with the team for 17 years, will report from the sidelines during intermissions and stoppages, including during pregame and postgame shows, just as Lindsay did last season.
The Panthers’ Executive Chairman Peter Luukko had this to say about the broadcast team’s changes:
“Randy has been such an important part of Panthers history, first as a player, then as broadcaster and even more so in the community. Along with NHL Hall-of-Famer and veteran broadcaster Denis Potvin and long-time play-by-play voice Steve Goldstein, we feel we have one of the best broadcasts in the National Hockey League. The entire Panthers organization extends our sincere appreciation to Billy Lindsay for his work on our broadcasts and for his tireless service in the South Florida community.”