Joe Pavelski signed a five-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Counting the one season remaining on his current contract, the Sharks have Pavelski signed through the 2018-19 season. This extension doesn’t start until July 1, 2014.

“We haven’t turned that corner quite yet,” Pavelski said of the Sharks’ hunt for the Stanley Cup, which includes trips to the Western Conference Final in 2010 and 2011. “We’ve been right there every year, and we’ve had that belief. This past year, obviously it’s fresh off your mind, but it was one of the most believable teams I think we’ve had in the past. With an extra bounce or two here, we felt we could’ve been there right at the end.

“So to be a part of the core, to play those minutes, to be looked at like that, it’s one of the big reasons why I believe this team can win. It’s because we’ve been there, we’ve learned, we’ve grown up as a group in a lot of ways. To keep trying and be a part of it, it’s just pretty special.”

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson identified re-signing Pavelski as a priority because of how important he is to the core of the team now and in future seasons.v”He’s a hockey player,” Wilson said. “We use him on the point on the power play. We use him on the first line. We use him on key faceoffs, blocking shots. He won a national championship in college [University of Wisconsin] for a reason.”


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