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Sharks’ Pavelski on trade rumors: “We’re a team that’s looking to add, more than anything”

Feb 23, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

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According to reports, the San Jose Sharks aren’t willing to include Logan Couture as part of their bid in the Rick Nash sweepstakes — which has led many to speculate that another high-scoring forward, Joe Pavelski, is in the mix.

According to Pavelski, the Sharks are looking to buy.

“We’re a team that’s looking to add, more than anything,” he told CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz. “That’s what we expect, and we believe in everyone in here. We’ve seen how everyone can get the job done throughout the season, and we just need everyone to step up their game and find that spot where they’re comfortable, and they’re contributing.”

Pavelski, 27, is on pace for a career-high in goals and averaging over 20 minutes a night. He represented the U.S. at the 2010 Winter Olympics and has two years left on a deal that pays $4 million annually — all of which adds up to him being rumored as a key ingredient in a potential package for Nash.

That said, Pavelski isn’t focusing on trade talks. He’s just trying snap a recent skid that’s seen San Jose go 1-4-1 over its last six.

“It’s going to be tough to get out of this,” Pavelski said. “We’re going to win a game 2-1 or 1-0 and it’s going to be one of those tight ones where somebody steps up and finds a way. You never quite know who it’s going to be, so that’s why we need everybody.”

One final note: According to Capgeek, the only Sharks with no-trade clauses are Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Michal Handzus, Dan Boyle and Colin White.

  1. jrod691 - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Page has the potential (and may already be) a better all around d player than Nash. DO NOT TRADE HIM. Get rid of that waste of skates Havlat if you can but do not move Pavs, Couture, or Clowe.

    Too bad Patty has a NTC.

  2. federovs4skn - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    did anyone watch dan cleary get blindsided by keith tchachuk last night in double overtime? it was complete poop and i think shanahan needs to step in and have a meeting with the refs. there is no excuse for this nonsense. i thiought as a league we were past all of this poop but unfortunatly we are not. i cant express my displeasures with the league enough. come on shanny do something for once in your life. they need to get rid of the ties and maybe go to a shoot out format. hey why not try somethin new? in other words. the nhl needs to step it up for the viewers if they want to make their yearly quotas

  3. mydadyourmom - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I doubt the Sharks would even consider Pavelski for Nash straight up. This is speculative at best.

    • bear654 - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      “rumored as a key ingredient in a potential package for Nash”

      • bear654 - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Oops, now I see what you did there. good point.

  4. federovs4skn - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    “the franchise” is the best sports team that ever existed. between lemieux, crosby, francis, ulfy, stevens, jagr, malkin, barrasso, fluery, letang, kovy, errey, coffey, endicott, hrdina, rechinball, wregget, staal, orpik, tochett, mullen, MURPHY, welsh, barnaby, lerioux, godard, larauque, craig t adams, park, whitney, straka, kaspiritus, engelland, caufield, nut bustin dustin jeffreys, cooke, neal, kunitz, scuderi, eaton, malone, roberts, borque, trottier, peck, shell, jennings, taglianetti, lang, theres no comparission that the greatness that spews out of this franchise is irresistable. come to the light side my friends.

  5. letsgosjsharks - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    ^^^ When has Crosby played this season?

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