- Any player, agent, owner or fan who thinks an agreement is not possible needs to read this article from a few years back: Hockey Night in Mongolia. If 21 Canadians can drop everything and start a pick up tournament in Ulan Bator, Mongolia [-30 Celsius], then the NHL and NHLPA can come to an agreement before the season starts.
- Sharks defenseman Rob Davison and Jim Fahey each re-signed with San Sose. The terms of each contract have not been released. Both players were Group II restricted free-agents.
- According to the official website, the Sharks will have a mini-prospect camp open to the public Tuesday, August 3rd. Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Goc and Miroslav Zalesak are scheduled to appear. The camp will take place at Logitech Ice starting at 2pm. It would be nice if the team invited a certain blogger to photograph the non-public days for fans, but the Democratic convention credentialing bloggers was probably just a rumor. LetsgoKings providing excellent photos of the Los Angeles Kings development camp proved this is not a good idea anyways.
- Fans Question and Answer session focuses on on-ice concerns - San Jose Mercury news
- Puck Update does a fine job reporting the 6 new proposed economic structures from the NHL:
1) Salary cap
2) Capping of salary
3) Salary hat
4) Maximum salary per team
5) Paycheck ceiling
6) Pay What You Want (As Long as it All Adds Up to $31 Million)
- I respect Sports Illustrated writer Michael Farber, but you have to know that most of the East Coast hockey media are asleep when the West Coast games are played. Here is Farber's list of top five hockey announcers, top five hockey analysts, and top 5 who never should have entered the booth.
I may be somewhat of a homer, but Sharks television announcer Randy Hahn has one of the most professional deliveries in the game. Actually, I am not a homer. The host of the program formerly known as NHL2nite agrees with me. And for those who are not local, Sharks tv analyst Drew Remenda may emit a little too much glare, but he took punches from Scott Parker, put on goalie pads and took shots from the team while Vesa Toskala laughed, and took 4 or 5 of the most brutal Kyle McLaren hip checks I have ever seen, all for the Sharks pre-game Shark Byte television program. His calls not only inform from a former coaches perspective, but they also have that same kind of enthusiasm as the stunts mentioned above. Maybe I am a homer.
- The New York Rangers first round draft pick Al Montoya [6th overall], has decided to play his junior year at the University of Michigan. Woot.
- Non NHL-related: Offwing guest blogger Jim McCarthy gives an update on the Bay Area's favorite center... Manute Bol. With the current situation in Sudan reaching crisis levels, it is hard not to appreciate the humanitarian work Bol has done for years in Sudan. Unfortunately, one of the most selfless players in the NBA, a player who donated most of his earnings to charity, the boxing opponent of William Perry, and the tallest man ever to play hockey, Bol was involved in a terrible car wreck a few weeks back. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he is recovering. Get well soon.