May 21, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of game four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks sign Joe Pavelski to five year extension

The San Jose Sharks and center Joe Pavelski have agreed to a five year extension, worth $30 million. This is great news for Sharks fans everywhere, as a seventh round pick of the 2003 NHL Draft has become one of the most critical players on the team. The organization knew they had to keep Pavelski around, and that’s exactly what they did. This five year extension will keep Pavelski through the 2018-19 season, which can also be said for fellow center Logan Couture, who signed a similar extension with the team a little over a month ago.

San Jose’s general manager, Doug Wilson, said this on Pavelski,

He is one of our core players, the way he plays. To me it was just an important contract to get done on the heels of Logan’s contract also. He fits for now and the future the way he plays the game.

In his NHL career with the Sharks, Pavelski has accumulated 150 goals and 186 assists, over 479 games. He has become one of the core players on the roster; he’s great with power plays as well as penalty kills, and he does fairly well in face-offs.

This is one of the bigger moves the Sharks had to focus on in this offseason, and now that this has been finalized, the team can now focus on other star players to keep around, such as Joe Thorton and Patrick Marleau.

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