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Sharks vs. Flames watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

Sharks vs. Flames watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

The San Jose Sharks look to make it four wins in a row as they return to Calgary for the first time since New Year’s Eve to take on the division-leading Flames.

Team Teal is riding high after an exciting win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. San Jose was able to hold off Winnipeg’s second-period push thanks to a “gutsy” call by the team’s video ops guy, before tying the contest up 2-2 in the third frame. Brent Burns set captain Joe Pavelski up for a beautiful goal in overtime to give the Sharks the 3-2 victory.

The Flames are also coming off a win, having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3, although they haven’t played since last Sunday. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests and continue scoring goals at a high rate, making them second in the league in goals scored. Calgary is in first place in the Pacific Division with 73 points, four points ahead of San Jose.

Thursday night’s contest could potentially be a contentious one because of the emotional end to the teams’ last meeting on December 31. That game ended with multiple fights breaking out, particularly after Calgary forward Sam Bennett hit San Jose defenseman Radim Simek. It remains to be seen if there will be any kind of retaliation on the Sharks’ part.

This is the third time the Sharks and Flames have squared off this season. San Jose is 53-55-8-7 lifetime against Calgary.

Sharks projected lines and pairs:

Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow – Dylan Gambrell – Melker Karlsson

Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Justin Braun
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Tim Heed

Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

Flames projected lines and pairs:

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk – Mikael Backlund – Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett – Mark Jankowski – James Neal
Andrew Mangiapane – Derek Ryan – Garnet Hathaway

Mark Giordano – T.J. Brodie
Noah Hanifin – Travis Hamonic
Oliver Kylington – Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich – projected starter
Mike Smith
 

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.