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Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret plans to return for his 50th season

Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret sang the praises of Mike “Doc” Emrick on Monday after the legendary NBC play-by-play announcer announced his retirement.

But Jeanneret doesn’t plan to follow the 74-year-old Emrick out the door if the next National Hockey League season begins in January.

“A leader in our field, no doubt about it whatsoever,” Jeanneret said. “He’s got passion for the game. He has the best vocabulary of any of us. And he uses it. He sends me to the dictionary once in a while.”

In April, the 78-year-old Jeanneret said he had the feeling that next season – which will be his 50th with the team – will be his last hurrah. He still expects to return with some caveats.

“I will depend on how it unfolds,” he said. “I can’t say one way or another because I don’t know if there is going to be a season yet. I know they are very optimistic that they are going to get something underway. And that is going to happen preferably in the month of January.

“But I don’t know how long it is going to be and when it is going to extend to. There are too many things that I don’t know before I can be definitive about what I’d like to do.”

But at this moment he is not planning to retire.

“At the moment, no, I’m not,” said Jeanneret.