On Wednesday, the Sharks have their arbitration hearing set to determine the NHL salary of winger Alex Korolyuk. A ruling is expected within days of the hearing, ensuring that Sharks General Manager and Executive Vice President Doug Wilson will once again have all contracts in place prior to training camp.
There is still the possibility that the two parties could negotiate a deal before going to a neutral third party. The one certainty is that if Korolyuk plays in North America under the arbitrator's ruling, it will be with San Jose.
"We want him back and we are going to go through the arbitration process to make sure he gets awarded fair market NHL value," said Wilson. "If it does come down to a family decision and he decides to stay in Russia, I will respect that."
Korolyuk could still decide to play in Russia for personal reasons.
Most Sharks fans are aware of center Patrick Marleau
's and defenseman Scott Hannan's participation in the Canadian Olympic team's orientation camp, however, they weren't the only Sharks prospects preparing to represent their country.
Prospects Steve Zalewski (United States) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
(Canada) attended similar camps in hopes of making their respective World Junior clubs this winter.