Sharks goaltender Martin Jones won't just enter the season with a different paycheck, the result of entering the first year of a five-year, $34.5 million contract extension that he signed last July. He'll also have a new mask.
Toronto-based artist Steve Nash unveiled a look at Jones' mask design for the upcoming season Monday morning on Twitter. The design again features San Jose's secondary logo but with some subtle differences.
Eagle-eyed mask afficionados will notice a couple of tweaks. First, there now are two sharks on the side, compared to only one last season. Those sharks boast orange eyes seen on the back of his mask last season.
For comparison, here's a look at Jones' mask from last year.
The 28-year-old netminder is entering his fourth season in San Jose's crease. Jones posted a .915 save percentage in 60 regular-season starts and followed that with a .928 in 10 postseason starts as the Sharks advanced to the second round.
We'll get our best look at Jones' new mask in action when training camp opens in mid-September, and, assuming he plays, in a game as soon as the Sept. 18 preseason opener against the Ducks.
Sharks captain Joe Pavelski wrapped up his weekend at the American Century Championship, and finished in a tie for third at the Lake Tahoe golf tournament.
Pavelski ended with a total score of 68 in the event, which utilized the Modified Stableford scoring system. The former high school golfer entered the final day atop the leaderboard, and playing in a trio with the three-time defending champion, former Oakland A's pitcher Mark Mulder, plus the man who would end his streak, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Pavelski bogeyed four times on Sunday, but parred or birdied the other 14 holes. He finished the day five points back of Romo.
The San Jose sniper tied with another noteworthy sharpshooter: 18-year NBA veteran Ray Allen, who surged up the board after scoring a Sunday-high 28.
Sharks captain Joe Pavelski ended Friday alone atop the leaderboard at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe.
The 34-year-old has plenty of golf pedigree. He's nearly a scratch golfer, and currently plays at a 0.6 handicap, per the Wisconsin State Golf Association. Pavelski also told Aces in 2010 that he competed in the Wisconsin state tournament in high school.
Pavelski finished Friday a point clear of former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, and seven clear of Warriors guard Steph Curry, a great golfer in his own right. He also held a nine-point lead over the three-time reigning champion, former Oakland A's pitcher Mark Mulder.
The celebrity golf tournament's scoring system is a bit differently than other tournaments. An eagle is worth six points, a birdie is worth three, a par is worth none, while a double-bogey (or worse) is worth minus-two. By standard golf scoring, Pavelski shot a 70 on Friday.
He will tee off on Saturday at 9:55 a.m.