The New York connection to Bristol continues.
Former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is headed to ESPN, The Post has learned. Callahan, 36, spent eight seasons with the Rangers before playing parts of six years with the Lightning. He has done some work for NHL Network and NBC.
Callahan’s exact role is still to be determined, but will likely be a combination of studio and game assignments.
ESPN/ABC and Turner will take over NHL coverage from NBC beginning next season. Turner has hired Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk as its lead announcing team, while ABC/ESPN has brought in Ray Ferraro and Brian Boucher as top analysts. Steve Levy and Sean McDonough are the leading candidates to be ABC/ESPN’s No. 1 play-by-player.
Callahan continues the New York feel in Bristol. In ESPN’s NFL studio, Keyshawn Johnson, Rex Ryan and Damien Woody are among the former Jets who are big parts of the coverage.
On baseball, Alex Rodriguez is the network’s lead game analyst. On basketball, its top team, Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, all have connections to the Knicks.
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