Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 06/18/14 at 12:19 AM ET
Somewhat ironically, on the same day that the Mercury News's Mark Purdy reported that the San Jose Sharks want to renegotiate their cable TV deal, their cable TV provider, Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, made a controversial personnel decision. The Mercury News's David Pollak reports that long-time Sharks color commentator Drew Remenda has been informed that his services will no longer be needed:
"They decided not to renew my contract," Remenda said Tuesday. "It wasn't because of anything I did or anything wrong. It was explained to me they wanted to take the broadcast in a different direction. Honestly, we parted amicably."
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.
"When I first got there as an assistant coach, they asked me what was my goal," Remenda said. "I said I hoped I'd be there for five years. I ended up being there for 20. I would love to tell you there's some big conspiracy there, but they've been great to me."
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.
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