Following their elimination at the hands of St. Louis last round, Sharks center Joe Pavelski indicated that there hadn’t been a lot of discussion regarding a new contract. That has changed over the last couple of weeks. He told Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News that there has been “a little bit of talks” and he remains optimistic that he’ll work out a deal to stay in San Jose. The 34-year-old had a big year offensively with 38 goals, tied for the second most in his career. That will certainly generate a lot of interest on the open market if he can’t come to terms to remain with the only NHL team he has ever known. Pavelski made $6MM this past season and should be able to garner more than that on his next deal.
More from the West:
- The Canucks showed some interest in winger Marcus Johansson back at the trade deadline, Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic mentioned in an appearance on TSN 1040 (audio link). While Vancouver wasn’t going to go from missing the playoffs to making them with him, they were hopeful that bringing him in could give them a leg up on trying to sign him this summer when he hits unrestricted free agency next month. Johansson was instead dealt to Boston and has certainly helped his value with a strong showing in the postseason, posting 11 points in 19 games heading into play on Thursday night.
- The turnaround the Blues made in the second half of the season has been something to behold. As TSN’s Frank Seravalli notes though, it nearly didn’t happen as GM Doug Armstrong was close to becoming a seller before the team turned things around. Interestingly enough, center Brayden Schenn admitted at one point that he believed that he was going to be traded to Boston. Clearly, that didn’t happen and the 27-year-old has put up 11 points in 23 games for St. Louis so far in the postseason.