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NHL Draft 2020 lottery live stream: How to watch online, on NBCSN

NHL Draft 2020 lottery live stream: How to watch online, on NBCSN

The Sharks' 2019-20 season didn't go as planned.

San Jose was headed towards the NHL draft lottery before the global coronavirus pandemic halted the season, and the league's plan to restart the campaign confirmed that fate. Sharks fans will be watching Friday's lottery with piqued interest, but not because they can benefit from it.

The Ottawa Senators own the Sharks' first-round pick thanks to the Erik Karlsson trade nearly two years ago. Ottawa had the NHL's second-worst record this season and San Jose the third-worst, meaning the Senators have the best odds of any team to land the No. 1 pick.

The Sharks' pick winning the lottery would add insult to Karlsson's injuries over the last two seasons, which have limited the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman to 128 of San Jose's 172 regular-season and playoff games since the blockbuster trade that brought him to the Sharks.

General manager Doug Wilson didn't know the Sharks would've been in a position to select top prospect Alexis Lafrenière fewer than two years after trading for Karlsson, and the possibility wasn't front of mind for a team in win-now mode. The Sharks think they can still keep their window open, and they view Karlsson as a key part in doing so. But if Ottawa selects Lafrenière with San Jose's pick, there will be plenty of "What if?"s asked over the duration of Karlsson's contract extension.

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Here's how to watch Friday's draft live online and on TV.

When: Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports

How NHL's potential new labor deal could affect Sharks’ offseason plan

How NHL's potential new labor deal could affect Sharks’ offseason plan

The Sharks could be operating under a new NHL collective bargaining agreement soon, and it might have quite an impact on the franchise's future.

The NHL and the NHL Players Association are nearing an agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding for a new six-year labor deal that includes guidelines for the return of the 2019-20 season, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported Saturday.

The MOU must be ratified by both sides before it becomes official, but the potential deal includes some notes that surely will affect the Sharks this offseason.

For starters, it appears the league's salary cap will be frozen at $81.5 million, and remain there until the NHL's hockey-related revenue gets back to $4.8 billion, which was the initial projection for this season before the coronavirus pandemic forced a suspension of operations on March 12.

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San Jose ended the season with around $648,000 (per CapFriendly.com) in available space, and with contracts expiring for players such as Joe Thornton, Melker Karlsson and Aaron Dell, a frozen salary cap could make re-signing those the team wants to bring back difficult.

Seravalli also noted that minimum contracts will rise $50,000 for next season, increasing to $750,000. It will stay there for four years, before rising to $775,000 in 2024-25, and $800,000 in 2025-26. So, young Sharks players such as Dylan Gambrell and Stefan Noesen, who played on minimum contracts, now are in line for raises of at least $50,000 going into next season.

The Sharks will look to turn things around entering the first full season of this potential new CBA, as they just finished last in the Pacific Division with just 63 points. But it appears the new labor deal might complicate San Jose's plan in some aspects.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl, wife Aneta expecting first child due in November

Sharks' Tomas Hertl, wife Aneta expecting first child due in November

I think we’re all due for some good news. So is Sharks’ All-Star center Tomas Hertl and his wife Aneta.

Aneta announced on her Instagram account the two are expecting a baby in November.

The first photo is the two of them posing together with the sonogram picture. The second is of a baby onesie with “Born in 2020” embroidered on it.

This is fresh off the couple's one-year wedding anniversary which, rumor has it, the big day was quite a fun time.

Back in May, Hertl spoke to the media about his rehab after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee where he vowed he would be better than he was before. But he’ll have to wait.

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The Sharks will not be participating in the NHL’s a modified 24-team return-to-play format.

That’s OK though, he has something even better to look forward to … a baby Shark.