The San Jose Sharks announcing the re-signing of both Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau today, keeping their forward core incredibly strong. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Pavelski signed for four million over four years while Marleau received a 6.9 million raise over the same time frame.
Although Marleau shouldered much of the blame regarding early playoff exits he proved this year he could step up in big games. In 14 playoff games, the veteran center registered 13 points including eight goals– good for second on the team. He also led the team in goalscoring with 44.
Pavelski led all Sharks players in playoff scoring. He led them in goals with nine, warranting consideration as a monster. At only 25-years-old he matched his previous career high in goals during the regular season with 25 while missing 15 games due to injury.
In other word, pencil Pavelski in for 30 goals. With wing eleigibily he assures himself a top 40 draft pick and should be high on everyone’s cheat sheet.
With these two off the board, the Sharks still hold 12.225 million in cap space with a need for a goaltender and probably another defensemen. Contrary to popular belief, the team has enough room to sign Evgeni Nabokov and RFA Devin Setoguchi while looking for an upgrade on D.