It’s been an awkward week for San Jose Sharks fans. There are the rumblings about the future of stars Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. There was GM Doug Wilson dropped the R-word (a.k.a. “rebuild”).
And then there was the really stunning news: Drew Remenda, the team’s color commentator on CSN Bay Area for the last 12 seasons with announcer Randy Hahn, revealed he wasn’t invited back by the team and the network.
We spoke with Remenda about this decision on Marek Vs. Wyshynski on Wednesday, as he revealed details about the split; about his conversations with Wilson, Hahn and others; about what being one of the voices of the Sharks has meant to him; and about the future of his now former team.
Remenda, who just completed his 13th season as television analyst alongside Randy Hahn, was an assistant coach with the Sharks from 1991 to 1995 before becoming an analyst. Prior to his TV spot, he was the radio color commentator working with Dan Rusanowsky.
Remenda said he had "kind of an inkling," his contract might not be renewed, so hearing the actual words from chief operating officer John Tortora was not that difficult.
"The hardest thing is to think I'm not a San Jose Shark any more," Remenda said.
He repeated that line on our podcast today. It wasn’t any less of a gut-punch.
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