It has taken a decade, but the ownership group now known as Sharks Sports & Entertainment is starting to show a personality that can be as unconventional as its Silicon Valley surroundings.


The Sharks' parent company said this summer that it lost $15 million last season despite selling out every game. But the disclosure -- coming shortly before the start of NHL collective bargaining talks -- wasn't as surprising as the group's response.

"We're OK with that because that's a decision we've made to stay competitive," said Kevin Compton, referring to the fact his team's player payroll bumped up against the NHL salary cap.