The Sharks are in talks to extend the contract of Joe Pavelski, general manager Doug Wilson told Comcast SportsNet’s Jim Kozimor, appearing on Yahoo! Sports Talk Live on Wednesday.
Pavelski, who turns 29 on Thursday, is about to enter the final year of his current four-year, $16 million deal that pays him $4 million in 2013-14.
“We’ve talked quite a bit. We started those negotiations basically the same time as Logan [Couture’s]," Wilson said. “I’ll be in Chicago the next couple weeks, and I’ll meet with him there.”
Wilson was referring to Couture’s five-year, $30 contract extension that was agreed to on June 17, and made official by the club on July 5. Couture is also entering the final year of his current contract.
The Sharks likely want to get Pavelski, who would be an unrestricted free agent next summer, locked up as soon as possible. The forward/center would be an attractive target for other NHL clubs, should he hit the open market. Pavelski was tied for third on the Sharks in scoring in 2013 with 31 points (16g 15a), and led the team in scoring in the playoffs with 12 points (4g, 8a). In 2011-12, he broke the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career and tied for the team lead with Couture with 31.
Pavelski is expected to center the Sharks’ third line next season, but can play as a top line winger and is a mainstay on the effective top power play unit.
Wilson also touched upon the status of Marty Havlat, who underwent surgery recently and will likely begin the season on the long term injured list. Wilson was asked if Havlat, who has two years and $11 million remaining on his contract, has played his last game with the Sharks.
“Marty Havlat had a pretty extensive procedure done, a bilateral pelvic reconstruction,” Wilson said. “He is an important player to us and we missed him when he wasn’t in there. There is no timeline for a return, so I don’t have an answer for that one.”
Among the other topics discussed by Wilson include his view on NHL Olympic participation (which is expected to be finalized shortly); new sole owner Hasso Plattner; Brent Burns’ status as a full time forward; and 2012 first round draft pick Tomas Hertl.