Ron MacLean says "nothing's official'' following a Toronto Star report he is poised to replace George Stroumboulopoulos as host of "Hockey Night in Canada'' next season.
The longtime broadcaster says "there's a few balls in the air and things like that'' but until Sportsnet executives Scott Moore or Rob Corte "says it's official, it's not official.''
Citing industry sources, the Star reported Sunday that MacLean would return to main host's chair, a spot he occupied for nearly 30 years.
A Sportsnet spokeswoman declined comment on the report.
Ron Maclean and Don Cherry during the first intermission of the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic game between the Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks on March 2, 2014 in Vancouver. (Photo: Kevin Light/NHLI via Getty Images)
Stroumboulopoulos became the host of "Hockey Night in Canada'' in 2014 after Rogers acquired the NHL rights in a 12-year, $5.2-billion deal.
MacLean saw his role reduced to being Don Cherry's sidekick on Coach's Corner and hosting the Sunday night show "Hometown Hockey.''
"I love 'Rogers Hometown Hockey' and Coach's Corner. I've got those jobs as it is now.''
In an interview Sunday night, MacLean said he remains focused on those roles for now.
"I love 'Rogers Hometown Hockey' and Coach's Corner. I've got those jobs as it is now,'' he said. "I'm kind of focused on that and I think there's this feeling that we may do more or that I may do more going forward but I can guarantee that it's not solid yet until Scott Moore says it is.''
Moore, the president of Sportsnet and NHL properties, hinted earlier this month that there could be changes coming following a low-rated playoff run.
Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos speaks onstage during the 2014 NHL Awards on June 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo: Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
"We're all kind of just looking at next year and trying to figure out what's happening,'' said MacLean.
Audience levels fell below the million mark for many early-round playoff games, which didn't feature a single Canadian team. While ratings improved for the Stanley Cup final, they were down on average from last season.
"We're all kind of just looking at next year and trying to figure out what's happening.''
Rogers has revamped hockey coverage since taking the reins from CBC. The move to replace MacLean with Stroumboulopoulos has been controversial with Stroumboulopoulos seen by some fans as an outsider.
Stroumboulopoulos is on a five-year deal while MacLean is in the middle of a four-year contract.
Sportsnet announced earlier this month that Cherry had signed a new multi-year deal.