The San Jose Sharks had a rare high volume of news over a period of just over 24 hours that ended Tuesday, August 21. From publishing their "Best of 2012-13: Tommy Wingels" to announcing changes to their uniforms as well as game and broadcast schedules (including when they would wear alternate sweaters), they caught a lot of attention at a time when most NHL teams have finished signing their free agents and everyone working for the team is seeing children back to school.
None of the news compares to signing or trading for the scoring-line winger the veteran team is missing to be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Even should Tomas Hertl be able to jump to that level, San Jose would have a margin of error as thin as the unit in general, needing to win games 2-1 or get the third goal in a shootout.
Unfortunately, the decreasing salary cap coming out of the new collective bargaining agreement that cost fans over 40 percent of a regular season has left the Sharks with few options to bolster their scoring until they can put Martin Havlat on long-term injured reserve. They have options to take Hertl's contract off the books and sign a player, but not one that is going to fill a major role.
That being said, there are things among the five updates that could make the team better in the 2013-14 schedule.