(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)
The San Jose Sharks announced three moves Tuesday. Two players were resigned to two year contracts: forward Mike Brown, acquired at the trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers last season for a fourth round pick in this year’s draft, and goaltender Alex Stalock. The third move was to let broadcaster Drew Remenda go. No particulars have been released by the team about this last decision.
According to CapGeek.com, Mike Brown’s two year contract will pay $1.2 million per year. His previous contract was for three years at an average of $736,667. Brown played in 56 games last season (48 with the Sharks) and six playoff games. He finished the regular season with two goals and three assists, and had a goal and an assist in the playoffs.
Stalock’s contract will pay $1.6 million per year. His previous one-year contract was for $625,000. He started 19 games last season and one in the playoffs. In the regular season he went 12-5-2 with a .932 save percentage.
Stalock was expected back, and said he expected to be back. Brown was said to be in talks with the team last week. If ice time in the playoffs is any indication, the coaching staff liked what he brought to the team. Of the moves, the third is by far the most surprising. In various radio and web interviews since the announcement, Remenda described the parting as “amicable.”
The tandem of Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda had grown in popularity beyond Shark Territory. Their team had been recognized numerous times by the Bay Area Emmys, including this year’s On-Camera Talent-Sports/Play by Play/Analyst. Even to hockey fans from other regions, they were recognizable. They occasionally did national broadcasts of other teams’ games, with the same energy and conviction they displayed covering Sharks games. There is no word yet on who will replaced Remenda. It seems most likely that it will be one of the other familiar faces from the broadcast team.
A friend once asked me if Remenda was as likable in person as on television. I think he is. To me he always was. His energy and candor will be missed.