Wednesday Chum Bucket: HP Pavilion could be renamed

Your daily assortment of links to news and analysis from around the hockey world.

  • Hewlett-Packard pays $3.25 million a year for the naming rights to the Sharks' home arena but financial troubles may mean forfeiting that privilege. SAP, founded by current Sharks majority owner Hasso Plattner, could step in to replace them. Regardless, this will always be the Shark Tank. Or, as I prefer to call it, The House That Joe Pavelski Built. [Mercury News]
  • Whatever the building is called, it will host the Anaheim Ducks tonight as the Sharks play the second half of the teams' home-and-home series after notching a win in Southern California on Monday. More on that 5-3 victory. [Working the Corners]
  • Pavelski hopes the Sharks' new third line that he now centers has as much success as the one he was a part of with Mitchell and Wellwood two seasons ago. [Mercury News]
  • "Murray, at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, is huge and is a handful along the boards, but is probably one of the slowest, least mobile players in the league and brings no offense to speak of. The Sharks were playing Murray against some of the easiest competition this year, but he was still spending more time than any other defender in his own zone." So this trade might not work out so well for Pittsburgh. [Sporting News]
  • Randy Hahn on the Murray trade, the meaningless and subjective "hits" stat and the Sharks' young defense. [San Jose Sharks]
  • Typically great stuff from Dellow on why context is crucial when using hockey analytics to evaluate players. [mc79hockey]
  • Making sense of the NHL's disciplinary system. [Canucks Army]