Pre-season tickets on sale Monday
Tickets for the first 4 pre-season Sharks games go on sale Monday at 10AM [PT].

Los Angeles - Sept 28
Vancouver @ ARCO - Sept 30
Colorado - Oct 2
Anaheim - Oct 5

Scroll down for a link to ticketmaster.com, and the official box office to purchase tickets throughout the season.

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Jamie Fitzpatrick, from about.com, reviews his favorite books of NHL photography. My favorite book selection:

Hockeys best shots


Financial state of the NHL
With a MLB strike scheduled next week, fans are casting a weary eye towards the end of the NHL collective bargaining agreement in 2004.

What does this mean for Sharks fans, the new management, and the oft-reported decline in revenue?

Higher prices for garlic fries.

A few news stories from around the league to back up my garlic fry prediction:

Sharks raise payroll - Faceoff.com
Teams wary of post-CBA climate - ESPN.com
Possible Sabers owner eyes publicly owned team - Buffalo News

San Jose adds new minor league affiliate
The San Jose Sharks organization announced a new minor league affiliate this week, the Cincinnati Cyclones.

The Sharks are continuing their relationship with the Cleveland Barons, and the Richmond Renegades.


Chat with Marleau
ESPN's NHL breakaway is hosting a live chat today with Patrick Marleau. Ask him a question starting at 12 noon PT.

[update] Sundstrom signs 2 year contract for 3.75 million - TSN.ca.


Offseason news
ed belfour RDS.ca broke the news en francais that Alexandre Daigle will now try out for the Penguins. Ed Belfour had a longer career in teal.

Fleury signs with Blackhawks - USA Today
Sutter key to signing - Faceoff.com

- The who wants to make Theo Fleury a millionaire sweepstakes is heating up. Toronto is out, Phoenix is in, Florida is a maybe, and San Jose remains on the outside looking in. Teemu Selanne took a large paycut to stay in San Jose, that should be a selling point AND a hint.

- LCShockey is alive and once again dispensing hockey knowledge to the masses.

- Dallas signs former Shark Ulf Dahlen.

- Evgeni Nabokov, Brad Stuart, Scott Hannan, and Matt Bradley remain unsigned. I am available if an independant arbitrator is needed.


Magnus re-signs?
Marcus Ragnarsson signs 1 year deal

TSN.ca is reporting Magnus [?] Ragnarsson signed a 1 year 2.3 million dollar deal with San Jose to avoid arbitration.

It would be nice if the national media could properly pronounce and/or spell all-star defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson's name.


The Stanley Kubok world tour
The Kubok Stanley continues its goodwill tour through Russia with Red Wings Sergei Federov, Igor Larionov, Pavel Datsuk, and Maxim Kuznetsov.

President Putin, Sergei Makarov, and Vyachevslav Fetisov are all joining in the celebration of Russian hockey. Vladimir Konstantinov is there in spirit.