April 16, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) before a face off against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at HP Pavilion. St. Louis defeated San Jose 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks: Joe Pavelski Signs Five-Year, $30 Million Contract Extension

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The San Jose Sharks have one of their main pieces of the future locked up for a while.

Joe Pavelski has signed a five-year, $30 million extension with the team, the Sharks announced. The deal will begin after his current contract expires in 2014, and it will be in effect through the 2018-2019 season.

“It’s always exciting when a franchise puts that responsibility on you,” said Pavelski, via CSN Bay Area. “It’s important to continue to play at a high level in that regard. It’s a position I wanted to be in, and it’s exciting to have this opportunity.”

In 48 games last season, Pavelski scored 16 goals and added 15 assists. He was third on the team in both categories.

The seven-year veteran has spent his entire career with the Sharks, and has recorded 150 goals and 186 assists. By signing this extension, he is forgoing free agency next offseason.

While the Sharks have been in the postseason every year of Pavelski’s career, they have yet to win a Stanley Cup.

Pavelski, however, believes their time is near.

“We haven’t turned that corner quite yet,” he said. “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.”

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