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Sharks sign Pavelski to five-year contract extension

Jul 30, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

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Big news out of San Jose this morning — the Sharks have signed center Joe Pavelski to a five-year contract extension.

Per ESPN’s Craig Custance, the deal is worth $30 million, garnering a cap hit of $6 million.

“Joe has been an important part of our success over the last several years and we are excited to have him with our club for the next six seasons,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in a release.

Pavelski has one year remaining on his current deal. In 2013, the 29-year-old had 16 goals and 15 assists in 48 regular-season games followed by 12 points in 11 playoff contests (including eight points during the Sharks’ four-game sweep of the Canucks in the first round.)

With both Pavelski and 24-year-old center Logan Couture signed through 2018-19, expect plenty of speculation regarding the future of captain Joe Thornton.

Thornton, 34, has one year left on his contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent. The same goes for two other key Shark veterans, Patrick Marleau, 33, and Dan Boyle, 37.

Will the Sharks be able to keep everyone together under the salary cap?

And even if they can, will they choose to?

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    They will all be sharks till they die IMO !

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Or retire……

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Another interesting thing is that despite sweeping the Canucks this year, the big internet betting site just gave the Canucks significantly lower odds than the Sharks. Now I know that part of odds making is unrelated to projection of likely team success, rather liklihood of bettern patterns and thus their goal of making a profit.

    I know the Canucks made a coaching change that may or may not help, and did not do anything toward the end of the season with trading. Sharks did and improved. Canucks also traded their starting goalie and are going with one they marginalized. Luongo may end up showing that he’s a consumate pro, but that certainly is a risk factor.

    I’m not a fan of either, just follow the WC fairly closely. Would be interested in getting others thoughts on how Sharks will finish in their division in 2013-2014.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      SJ will win their division IMO

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Hmm, thus saying that they will pass Kings and Ducks? Would be curious regarding your thinking. I did a thorough statistical analysis of the 16 playoff teams based on the regular season, ranking them along 13 parameters (Goals For Average, Save %…) then totaling the rankings.

        While I had Sharks rankied higher than the Canucks, they were both below the Ducks and especially the Kings (#4 in NHL). I have seen off-season changes that would indicate this shifting, but then I don’t know the teams’s “NHL ready pipline”.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Good move, Pavelski is a gamer.

  4. norcalsportsknowledge - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Only if they sign for a home team discount, which I believe they will all do if the team is still contending.

  5. kane987245 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Good for them. Great signing and i have gripes about it. My opinion is that if they sign Thorton, go ahead. However, from here on out they need to get a bit younger. Keep the great group of experiences guys while building a younger core to take their place down the line. Sharks are going to have a great season.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    So how is this a “great signing” at $6/year but Wheeler’s isn’t? Despite Wheeler making less & producing more?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Pavelski is way better than wheeler lol

  7. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    So how is this a “great signing” at $6/year but Wheeler’s isn’t? Despite Wheeler making less & producing more?

  8. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Sorry Ethan, I look at stats & facts; not dreams & hype.
    Wheeler – 19g, 22a = 41 points
    Pavelski – 16g, 15a = 31 points

    Not saying Pavelski’s bad I just don’t understand how Wheeler gets paid less, produces more & is “overpaid” when Pavelski scores less, is paid more & is a “great signing”.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      you want facts?

      Players don’t get paid based purely on points for just 1 season (or half season in this case).

    • biasedhomer - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      I’m not saying the Wheeler deal is bad, but Pavelski is the better player.

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Ah the current economic landscape of the NHL… where a good (but not great) player like Pavelski gets $6mil annually. He’s gonna give you 50-60 points but is that really worth 6? The answer is no. But in today’s NHL it seems no one is paid what they’ve actually earned.

  10. bleedingteal4life - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    He is worth it

  11. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Exactly the point I was making phillyphanatic. People don’t like me pointing out the facts but production wise Wheeler & Pavelski are very similar players. I would argue that Wheeler has more potential while you know what your getting with Pavelski at this point.
    I’m not saying Wheeler is better than Pavelski, just pointing out the similarities & how ridiculous it is for people to cry over Wheeler’s contract but then applaud the Pavelski signing. This is simply the new economic landscape of the NHL (as well said by phillyphanatic)

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