SAN JOSE –- Joe Pavelski was aware of a story circulating out of Toronto on Thursday, which stated he was the one that told forward Adam Burish that he had been placed on waivers by the Sharks on Nov. 22, rather than someone from the team’s front office.
That was quickly denied by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and confirmed by Burish’s agent, Markus Lehto, and Pavelski indicated on Friday that Burish knew the day before what was coming.
“I don’t really know what to comment about that. Obviously, I remember how it happened. About me telling him -– that’s probably not true,” said Pavelski, who has been friends with Burish since their days as teammates at the University of Wisconsin.
What may have happened is that Burish, despite knowing he was getting waived, wasn’t immediately aware that he was to be reassigned to AHL Worcester. It’s not uncommon for waived players to continue to skate with their NHL team, but on the morning on Nov. 22, Burish did not take part in the Sharks’ morning skate before their game against the Coyotes and was officially reassigned the next day after clearing.
Pavelski was asked if he was the one that told Burish he was headed to the minors.
“I wasn’t handling his plane ticket. That’s not a joke, because it’s a serious matter,” Pavelski said. “There’s a whole different side of the business and how things are handled, whether they are done professionally or not up to standards, I think guys try to do that to a certain extent. Details get missed at times. Like I said, it’s not fun to see anybody go down there.”
Burish has likely played his last game with the Sharks this season, although he is signed through 2015-16 at a $1.85 million salary cap hit.
“It’s never easy seeing a teammate, a friend, go through something like that," Pavelski said. "You try to support him, and it’s a tough situation. You hope for the best and hopefully he gets back up to the level he wants to be.”