The Boston Bruins are back on the road this upcoming weekend as they'll play the Maple Leafs in Toronto after hosting the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night at TD. 

If you've been watching road games on NESN and noticed a little something different it's because NESN decided that their broadcast team won't travel on road games this year. 

The decision has been financial after NESN took a bit of a hit like most companies during the pandemic. 

However Jack Edwards while understanding the decision doesn't like it all as calling the games from the studio doesn't let him do his job to the best of his abilities. He doesn't have any extra camera angles he's just watching the same screen as everybody at home. 

“Guys, all the time, skate into the frame at 15 miles an hour and crack a 90-mile-an-hour one-timer,” Edwards said. “And I have no idea who it is.”

“The captains of the ship have determined that this is the way we’re going to chart our course,” Edwards said. “I’m going to do the best job I can. I have benefited from their acceptance of my protests. They’re doing what is best for NESN. That’s their job.”

He totally gets it though. 

“We had done eight hockey games in the previous 10 months. You can imagine what that did to the bottom line,” Edwards said, referring to the start of the 2020-21 season. “To their credit, NESN laid nobody off during the pandemic. That is remarkable humanity, especially in the broadcast world, where an entire competitor shut down. NBC Sports Boston vanished. Nobody lost his or her job at NESN. I trust them. I respectfully voiced my opinion, sometimes too loudly for their ears. But they have the best interests of everybody at the network in mind when they take these actions. They know I’m not going to like it. But they tolerate me.”

Edwards find's it hard to paint the picture he does so well while he's not actually at the games. 

“It’s a sensual experience that is difficult to describe. The painting has an aura about it. We ended up staying so long that the docent asked us to leave,” Edwards said. “That, in a nutshell, explains the difference between watching a game on TV and being there. Especially for hockey, with all its details, subtleties, raw speed and the violent nature of the game and unpredictability of the game. There are so many things going on in so many places simultaneously that affect the outcome of the game.”

“I listen to the airchecks. I cannot manufacture that emotion without being there,” Edwards said. “Because television is two-dimensional. I have to play it safer. There are a lot of guys who call games sensationally off a monitor. In my estimation of my own work, I’m not one of them.”

What do you think of Edwards' comments?