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Sharks GM Doug Wilson to be inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame 2020 class

Sharks GM Doug Wilson to be inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame 2020 class

Doug Wilson is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that Wilson, the Sharks general manager, will be inducted as a player this year.

Marian Hossa, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, Kim St. Pierre and Ken Holland are set to be inducted alongside Wilson. The Hockey Hall of Fame tentatively has scheduled this 2020 class' induction for a Nov. 16 ceremony in Toronto.

Wilson played 16 NHL seasons with Chicago and San Jose, retiring after the 1992-93 season. A left-handed defenseman, Wilson scored 827 career points (230 goals, 590 assists) and won the Norris Trophy in 1982. Wilson still ranks 15th among blueliners in career points, and he retired as the eighth-highest scoring defenseman in NHL history.

All seven defensemen ahead of Wilson at the time of his retirement eventually were selected for induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but Wilson waited considerably longer than many of his Hall of Fame peers to get the call. He first was eligible for selection in 1996, and Wilson's 24-year wait was the longest of the former NHL players set to be inducted this fall.

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The Sharks traded for Wilson just before the first season in franchise history, and the defenseman served as San Jose's first captain. He was the first Shark to appear in an NHL All-Star Game, representing the team in Philadelphia in 1992. Wilson scored 48 points (12 games, 36 assists) in 86 games with San Jose.

Wilson took over as the Sharks' general manager in 2003, and San Jose has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 15 of his 17 seasons at the helm. The Sharks have been consistent Stanley Cup contenders under Wilson's watch, appearing in five Western Conference finals and reaching the Cup Final in 2016.

Only 17 general managers' organizations have won more games than the Sharks have in Wilson's tenure (710).

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.