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Sharks' Radim Simek posts photo indicating he's begun rehabbing injury

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Sharks' Radim Simek posts photo indicating he's begun rehabbing injury

San Jose defenseman Radim Simek went down with what appeared to be a significant leg injury in the first period of the Sharks' thrilling last-second win over the Jets on Tuesday. The fact that he had to be escorted off the ice by teammates only made it seem that much worse.

Following the victory, there was no further information about the injury Simek had endured.

"Just saw a replay there and it didn’t look great, so hopefully Simer will be okay," teammate Gustav Nyquist told the media after the game.

The Sharks did not practice on Wednesday, so no update on Simek's status was provided by the team.

When in doubt, however, go straight to the source.

Simek posted a screenshot Wednesday night of his right leg in what appears to be a hefty brace.

The text overlaid on the image is in Simek's native Czech language, but insists he's already begun the rehabilitation process.

After sweeping a road back-to-back, the Sharks return home for three straight games at SAP Center, beginning with a matchup with the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Based on Simek's initial reaction to the injury, as well as his rather large brace, it seems unlikely he will return to the lineup during the upcoming homestand.

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After this set of three games at home, only nine games will remain on San Jose's regular-season schedule. The Sharks would surely love to have Simek back in tow for the final push to the playoffs, but time will tell if he's able to make that happen.

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.