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No hesitation whatsoever: Pavelski believes Sharks can win Cup

Jul 30, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT


Since entering the NHL in 1991, the San Jose Sharks have never been to a Stanley Cup Final.

They’ve been close, sure — in fact, San Jose has won an impressive 10 playoff series over the last nine seasons. However, they’ve only managed to get as far as the Western Conference finals, losing to Calgary in 2004, Chicago in 2010 and Vancouver in 2011.

Along the way, they’ve developed a reputation for, well, to put it bluntly — choking.

But that doesn’t bother Joe Pavelski.

According to Pavelski’s agent, Daniel Plante, if the 29-year-old center didn’t believe the Sharks could finally get over the hump, he might not have signed a five-year contract extension tying him to the club through 2018-19.

“One of the things as we were going through these discussions, I asked Joe, ‘Do you believe this team can win a Stanley Cup?’ And without missing a beat, he emphatically said, ‘Yes,’” Plante said, per the Canadian Press. “So at that point in time it just became imperative that that’s where he wanted to be. He believes in the team, and then it was just finding a deal that worked for both sides.”

Next season figures to be a big one for the Sharks, with veterans Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle all in the final year of their contracts, after which they can become unrestricted free agents.

Pavelski and Logan Couture should give San Jose at least two high-quality centers for years to come. Meanwhile, Vezina Trophy finalist Antti Niemi, 29, has two years remaining on his contract.

If there’s a big question mark, it’s the blue line. Boyle is 37 and in the twilight of his career. At some point, somebody will need to step up and replace the offensive push he provides from the back end. That, or general manager Doug Wilson will have to go out and acquire somebody who can.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Get them all signed, we have the peices, we just need some luck in the playoffs

    • pirovash88 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Luck doesn’t win you a Cup, skill and determination does.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        …… and a lot of luck, don’t even try and deny that lol wtf

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      How about – depth? Points depth/ +/- depth.

      Big factor with the Blackhawks success in 2010 and 2013. They lost it during the cap meltdown following the 2010 win and the result was two “1 and outs”. They retained it this time, so will be a serious candidate to contend.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    It would be pretty crazy if this team didn’t make a Cup final in the next few years. They seem to have everything in place.

  3. pirovash88 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    The biggest playoff chokes to win a Cup in the near future? Quite doubtful.

    • titansrbeast - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Yeah true, going to 7 games with the defending cup champs and almost pulling the win away in THEIR house is definitely choking. Are you a complete idiot, or just a little stupid? The only thing people can say about SJ is that they “choke”. Well, when we DO win a cup, I can’t wait to see what it will be then. SJ knocked Detroit out of the playoffs 2 years in a row, and it damn well wasn’t because the Wings choked. It was because they were beat. That’s what happens to teams in the playoffs, you win or you lose.

      Just because you lose doesn’t mean you choked, just you were most likely beat by the better team. SJ is only getting better, despite the fact we’re getting older. Our younger guys will step up and we’ll have one of the best Sharks teams in history this season. Maybe whoever the hell your team is will end up meeting us in the cup….. unless you guys choke.

    • micasa81 - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      A few years back they were the team to beat, and yes, they choked in the playoffs. The past few seasons nobody picked them as favorites to come out of the west, and they never lost to a drastically undermatched team. So I don’t know how you label the team as chokers based on recent performance. This coming season I think the Sharks will be in a fairly similar position to recent seasons, that is, a strong contender but not top-tier. Those kinds of teams most definitely have a chance to make magic happen in the playoffs. Not a great chance, but then, it wouldn’t be considered magical, would it?

  4. pone27 - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Boyle, Marleau, and the Lumberjack are all going to ask for big salaries for their age. It’s tough because they are huge pieces to the team, but you are going to tie up a lot of cap from 3 guys are heading towards the ends of their careers (most notably Boyle.)

    Crazy as it may sound, but if I had to pick one guy to go, Marleau would be my choice. He will demand a large salary, but from it sounds like from a locker room perspective, he isn’t the most of a team player. His game is perfect for the league now, but it is replaceable from the Sharks perspective. They need more bonafide wingers, they are congested in the middle.

  5. LampyB - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    It’s nice to stay positive. I’m sure Pitt was thinking the same thing before the Bruins swept them out of the playoffs.

  6. girouxed - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I’d definitely like to see them win it all.

  7. sjsharks66 - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    The sharks have the pieces to win the cup. They just have to want it more then they say they do. Pavelski hits that empty net against LA this year in the playoffs, who knows what happens. There should be no what if. He should have hit that empty net.

    San Jose will win a cup in the near future. I think a lot of people are starting to realize that now.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      BIG problem for the Sharks is the team thed’d most likely meet in WC finals if they get there – the Blackhawks. 4 line scoring, best in the league in +/- depth. Nobody in significant decline, players still improving.

      Retained all the players they would have wanted to except Emery, and they got a replacement backup. Excellent pipeline in Rockford ready to step up.

      They’re primed to take the WC next 2 years.

  8. hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    The Sharks just keep running into hot teams in the postseason. Simple as that. It’s not choking when you’re playing teams who are better than you at the moment.

    PS – F the Kings.

  9. sjsharks66 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Yeah, but just because they are the same team does not mean they will make it far in the playoffs. Look at Boston after they won the cup.

    • pirovash88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      Yeah and look at the Kings. Kicked your asses in 7 games and went on to the Western Conference Finals, point is, not everyone has a Stanley Cup hangover.

  10. colby7 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Sharks area good team with good pieces. They just need to move one of the veterans for another core piece on D and they have a shot.

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