"The Joe Thornton trade and bringing Drew back -- those would be the two biggest no-brainers in Sharks history," said Hahn, the Sharks play-by-play announcer.
The team and FSN Bay Area announced Wednesday that Remenda and Hahn would be reunited in the broadcast booth, where for six seasons they provided lively coverage that appealed to both hard-core and casual hockey fans.
The partnership ended in May 2006 with a dramatic, on-air announcement that came moments after the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Edmonton Oilers: Remenda was leaving to spend more time with his wife and three children at their Saskatchewan home.
Remenda, an assistant coach for the Sharks their first four seasons, said Wednesday he'll still be making the San Jose-Saskatoon commute for the next two years until his 16-year-old daughter graduates from high school. But his family plans to spend more time in San Jose, even if it means missing a day of school now and then.
Remenda sees the new arrangement working better.
"This time we talked about it," Remenda said in a phone interview from Saskatoon, crediting his wife, Michelle, for making the return possible. "This time we said OK, 'What do you think?' We had long discussions."
Remenda, 45, said the decision had the support of his daughter and 10-year-old twin boys.
Money was also a consideration, he said.
Remenda spent last season in a secondary role with the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team.
But the role didn't call for the same free-wheeling style that won him so many fans in San Jose, and changes in the executive ranks there meant he wasn't assured of a job next season.
"I don't think I was as good a Drew Remenda with Hockey Night in Canada as I was with the San Jose Sharks," he said Wednesday on KNBR.
Remenda will also be back as host of "Shark Byte," a 30-minute, behind-the-scenes feature program also carried on FSN Bay Area.
The Sharks hired former NHL enforcer Marty McSorley as Remenda's replacement.
McSorley's time in that role ended mysteriously midway through the Sharks' playoff series with Detroit, when the Sharks announced McSorley would not return for a Game 3 broadcast for personal reasons. No further explanation has been given.
In Wednesday's announcement, Sharks director of broadcasting Frank Albin called Remenda and Hahn "a perfect fit," and Hahn looked at it in much the same way.
"In broadcasting, it's the c-word -- chemistry -- that translates into viewers," Hahn said.
"Drew's willing to have fun, and fans would feel like they were on the inside because they knew what Drew and I were joking about."
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