Pierre McGuire spouting off his usual deluge of trivia and analysis from ice level has become almost as much of a staple of NBC's hockey broadcasts as Doc Emrick in the booth.
NBC's lineup for the 2019-20 NHL season is going to look a lot different, as McGuire will no longer be on the No. 1 team. McGuire was demoted to the No. 2 analyst, while journeyman goalie and NBC Sports Network analyst Brian Boucher will replace him.
While some have soured on McGuire's unique style, saying that it can be a bit unnecessary, it gives Doc and the rest of the team a more off-beat counterpart that adds a lot of charm and knowledge to the broadcast.
Boucher is a fine analyst in the studio, but replacing everything that McGuire can offer will be a difficult challenge.
NBC won't know what they had in McGuire until the take him off the No. 1 team. Boucher has some huge shoes to fill right off the bat, although most hockey fans are ready for a change.