Sharks coach Bob Boughner went to zoo day after 'Marathon on Ice' game


Sharks coach Bob Boughner went to zoo day after 'Marathon on Ice' game

Editor’s note: Sports Uncovered, the newest podcast from NBC Sports, will shine a fresh light on some of the most remarkable moments in sports. The fourth episode tells the story of the "Marathon on Ice" between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

May 5, 2000. For some, it was the first Cinco de Mayo of the 21st Century. For Bob Boughner, it was supposed to be a day at the zoo with his family, but he never expected to be as tired as he was. 

Boughner, the Sharks' current head coach, was a defenseman at the time for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The night before, his Penguins were facing the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Pittsburgh. That game went just a tad longer than he planned. 

Boughner played 50 minutes and had 66 shifts in the Penguins' 2-1 loss over five (!) overtimes. 

"I did have kids in the stands at that point and time," Boughner remembered on the latest "Sports Uncovered" podcast. "They were all young. They were obviously taken home in the second or third overtime, it was just too late.

"You could look into the stands, even as a player and there were little kids sleeping on their parents."

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The Penguins lost Game 5 three days later, and lost the series in six games. Boughner played 177 regular-season games in his NHL career and another 65 in the playoffs. There's no doubt he never will forget the "Marathon on Ice" in Pittsburgh. 

He also can't forget that tiresome next day at the zoo.

"I had plans, it was the day after the next day, we had plans to take the kids to the Pittsburgh Zoo," Boughner said. "I’ll never forget getting home about four in the morning and you know little kids are up at seven or eight o’clock. How tired I was walking around the zoo the next day with a bunch of kids and just trying to stay awake.

"It wasn’t only mentally draining but physically."

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 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.