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Wild TV play-by-play announcer won't be back

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild game coverage, Wild news, Wild off-season news Updated: April 20, 2012 - 4:01 PM

The Wild informed television play-by-play man Dan Terhaar that his contract will not be renewed, Terhaar confirmed Friday.

While all four broadcasters have expiring contracts, the Wild informed TV color analyst Mike Greenlay and the radio team of Bob Kurtz and Tom Reid that they will be re-signed.

A disappointed Terhaar said he met with Wild Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications John Maher on Friday.

"They said they're going in a different direction," said Terhaar, who declined further comment until he comes to grips with the news. "It still hasn't sunk in."

Terhaar has been the Wild's TV voice for the past seven seasons.

After an inquiry from the Star Tribune, the Wild released the following statement:

The contracts of each of the Minnesota Wild television and radio announcers expired with the end of the 2011-2012 season.  The team is in discussions to retain radio broadcasters Bob Kurtz and Tom Reid and television analyst Mike Greenlay and expects to make a final announcement regarding its broadcast teams later this spring.

The Minnesota Wild will hire a new television play-by-play announcer for the 2012-13 season. The Wild thanks Dan Terhaar for the seven seasons he devoted to the organization and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.




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