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.