Hradek on the Sharks' potential (answering fan's question)
Going forward, I think the Sharks' window for winning a title with this group is closing. Several of their most important players have already celebrated their 30th birthday. This season might be a now-or-never scenario.
Perhaps the arrival of new associate coach Larry Robinson, who brings a lifetime of winning experience (as both a player and coach) to San Jose, will make a difference.
I believe the Sharks will remain a serious contender in the West, but unless they can find ways to dig a little deeper in the big moments, they won't get where they want to go.
NY Times dug up public records on $$ of contributions from NHL owners; majority is Republican, but Sharks owners seem to be more Democrats (in number, but not financial contributions).
SAN JOSE: The Sharks’ ownership group has 11 members, 5 of whom are political donors. George Gund III has contributed $53,400 to the Democrats, including $45,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $5,000 to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
But another Sharks owner, E. Floyd Kvamme, has made more political contributions than any other N.H.L. owner besides Anschutz — $141,200 from himself and through a foundation held jointly with his wife, Jean – and it has all gone to Republicans. They gave $114,200 to various Republican national election committees and PACs and made individual contributions of $5,000 to Romney and Rick Perry and lesser amounts to Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman, as well as $12,000 to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
Harvey Armstrong donated $2,750 to Michelle Bachmann and other Republicans, and Greg Jamison – also the prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes — sent $1,000 to Rick Perry. Another Sharks owner, Gordon Russell, contributed $5,000 to Anna Eshoo, a Democratic Congresswoman.