Sharks takeaways: What we learned in disappointing 5-1 loss vs. Jets


Sharks takeaways: What we learned in disappointing 5-1 loss vs. Jets

SAN JOSE -- With the Jets in town, the Sharks had the opportunity to avenge their previous loss to Winnipeg and improve on the disappointing third period they played against the Kings on Monday.

Unfortunately, they couldn't pull off either. San Jose waffled in its second meeting of the season with the Jets, falling 5-1 at SAP Center on Wednesday night. 

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Is fatigue setting in? 

Wednesday’s game marked the first time the Sharks lost since moving to a lineup with eleven forwards and seven defensemen. That tired feeling didn’t seem to set in for San Jose until the third period of Monday’s game in LA, but was there throughout Wednesday’s game against Winnipeg. Yes, the Jets hadn’t played since Saturday and had better legs, but the Sharks still looked more sluggish than usual. 

Not-so-special teams 

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer told reporters Wednesday morning that he wasn't too concerned about the lack of power-play scoring. He might have changed his mind during the loss to the Jets, however, as San Jose went 0-for-5 with the man advantage and didn't spend enough time in the offensive zone.

The Sharks' top-rated penalty kill wasn't perfect either, surrendering a power-play goal to Winnipeg's Patrik Laine in the first frame. While it was only a single tally, it makes one wonder if San Jose's bad habit of taking too many penalties is catching up to the team. 

Dell drops the ball 

Despite making a couple of really nice saves throughout the evening, Wednesday's start wasn't Aaron Dell's finest. Granted, San Jose's defense gave Winnipeg more room to work than they should have, but both Laine's first-period and David Gustafsson's second-period marker were goals that Dell probably would like to have back. 

It didn't help matters that, on the other side of the ice, Connor Hellebuyck was in fine form. For the second time this season, the Jets' netminder had all the answers against the Sharks' offensive attack and kept some of their best chances from finding the back of the net.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Tomas Hertl has a huge year ahead of him. As he returns from ACL and MCL surgery, he and his wife Aneta are expecting the birth of their first child in November.

Sharks fans everywhere can't wait for No. 48 to get back on the ice. But how did he pick that number? It’s quite simple.

“They give it to me,” he wrote in a recent NHLPA questionnaire.

Enough said.

But before Hertl was the Sharks’ All-Star center, he had other aspirations.

Believe it or not, he wrote in the questionnaire that he wanted to be an architect if he wasn’t going to be a hockey player. But he was born to play hockey.

His dad, Jaroslav, during the winter in his native in Prague, would create nets (measuring the perfect size) on the frozen ponds near where he lived. Hertl’s dad would even kick off skaters if they were recreationally using the area where he wanted to play hockey.

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As much as Hertl could have thrived as an architect, his career as a hockey star was destined.

NHL, NHLPA agree to four-year CBA extension through 2025-26 season


NHL, NHLPA agree to four-year CBA extension through 2025-26 season

While MLB and the MLB Players Association spent the last few months bickering, the NHL and its Players Association used the last few weeks to hammer out a new CBA.

On Monday, the two sides announced that they had agreed to a memorandum of understanding for a new four-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

If ratified this week, the CBA would run through the 2025-26 NHL season, and expire Sept. 15, 2026.

The NHL and NHLPA also were able to iron out details for the season restart, but because the Sharks aren't heading to one of the two hub cities, that part doesn't really affect them.

TSN's Frank Seravalli reported Sunday that part of the new CBA stipulated that the 2020-21 salary cap would be frozen at $81.5 million, and wouldn't rise until the league reached $4.8 billion in hockey-related revenue.

The Sharks have a lot of free-agent decisions to make this offseason, so a salary-cap freeze doesn't help them.

According to, the Sharks will enter the offseason with $14,881,667 in cap space. But with Joe Thornton, Melker Karlsson, Stefan Noesen, Aaron Dell and three other players hitting unrestricted free agency, San Jose might not be able to bring all of them back.

Additionally, Kevin Labanc headlines the Sharks' four restricted free agents. General manager Doug Wilson is going to have a tough time re-signing everyone.

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If you're keeping track, that's 11 unrestricted or restricted free agents with just under $15 million in cap space to sign them. A few players probably aren't returning next season.

While the Sharks have their work cut out for them this offseason, the league and the Players Association took care of business well ahead of time.