For the first time since the departure of Greg Jamison nearly two years ago, representatives of the Sharks ownership group are making themselves available to the media for an on-the-record session about the team's operation.

If the question of profits and losses comes up, expect Kevin Compton, the closest person San Jose has to a visible person among the 11 co-owners, to say the team lost in excess of $15 million last season -- a figure he seems to be treating very matter-of-factly and not as something to whine about.

That number, by the way, is significantly higher than the one Jamison would occasionally provide; the team's finances are not open to public examination.

  • Unless trades this week alter things, the Sharks have the 17th overall pick Friday evening in Pittsburgh. Their next pick is 55th overall, a 2nd round compensatory choice for not signing Patrick White, a former Vancouver first-rounder who came to San Jose in the Christian Ehrhoff deal.

    Four more picks follow, one in the fifth round, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

  • Speaking of trades, those Rick Nash rumors have started again. The Sharks were on Nash's list of acceptable destinations last February when the Columbus captain was shopped around, and it's a very safe bet that Sharks general manage Doug Wilson and Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howsom have had contact in the last week or so.


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    The price? It'd only be a guess and there are enough others playing that game.