John Davidson has Blues in playoffs, but down 3-0
Former NBC / Versus / MSG analyst John Davidson called Monday from St. Louis to talk about his old partner, Sam Rosen, for my Tuesday newspaper column.
Davidson, now the president of the Blues, was a little down about his team's 3-0 playoff series deficit to the Canucks, but he was upbeat about the direction of the organization.
"It's been a long climb," said Davidson, who has been with the team for three seasons after 20 analyzing Rangers games.
What would it be like someday having a Rangers-Blues Stanley Cup finals?
"That would be great," he said ."We'll have a big dinner over at my house for everyone."
Davidson, producer Joe Whelan and analyst Joe Micheletti noted that in addition to his work on Rangers games, Rosen has made a mark through his extreme dedication to charitable causes.
Click below for more leftover stuff from my Rosen research.Whelan: "Working with Sam has been nothing but a pleasure. He's one of the easiest-going people to work with. We talk every day, just about, especially in the mornings. We discuss along with Joe [Micheletti] what theyre going to talk about in the scene set.
"He's always very flexible. Hes not just a play-by-play guy. He comes up with interesting story lines to talk about during the broadcast. To me, Sam Rosen is Rangers hockey on MSG.
"We all know what he does play-by-play-wise. He's just solid. But he's always at casino night and other charity events. Hell drop whatever hes doing on a seconds notice. This past casino night he was flu-ridden but showed up to do the auction.
"The only thing about Sam is that speaking to him is easy, but getting him away from other people is not easy . . . He'll schmooze with 75 different people."
One of Rosen's favorite causes is the Alan Brown Foundation to cure spinal paralysis.