From what I read, Joe Pavelski and the Sharks front office couldn’t agree on the pay and term. The Sharks also didn’t want to match what Dallas was offering. I think either Joe Pavelski and/or his agent mentioned about Dallas and Doug Wilson couldn’t match.
Joe Pavelski’s jersey is my 2nd Sharks jersey. The first being Patrick Marleau’s. As much as I like both players, I was ready for both to move on. I want neither back. The Sharks need a “changing of the guard.” The team needs to get younger and faster to compete in today’s NHL. If they truly want to keep their window opened, their young talent needs to develop and carry the load next. Joe Pavelski had his time here.
Joe Pavelski seems happy to be part of Dallas or at least, bittersweet with leaving the Sharks organization. Let it be. He couldn’t help win the cup with the tenure with the Sharks and now, no offense, he is slow as molasses and I believe he will be on the decline. I’m sure he wants to prove everyone wrong, but he will be 37 to 38 by the time his contract is up. I don’t think he can play like he use to. I believe in Doug Wilson and I think it was the right decision to let him walk. This is Couture’s team now.
With Karlsson eating so much of the cap (along with Burns and Vlasic) Pavelski was probably right, San Jose can't content. Don't know how San Jose managed to sign UFA Heed and RFA Lebanc so cheap.
The Karlsson reminds of the classic.....San Jose gave up so much to acquire him for one year that they had to resign him to justify the trade. IMO it will be a long term mistake.
This is why I don’t think the Sharks should go after Kreider. He will be UFA after this upcoming season. Then, it’s the “desperation” to sign him to make it worth trading the assets to acquire him in the first place. Seems like repeating history just like EK65’s scenario. Let’s not go there again.
I rather have someone who’s young with high potential that can develop on a cheap contract rather than be in cap hell again next offseason. Players like Labanc, Dillon, Simek, Heed (if he turns out well) are due for new contracts. You also have to worry about the Seattle expansion draft in the near future.