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SportPavelski: 'It wasn't easy' leaving Sharks after 13 seasons

20:50  11 july  2019
20:50  11 july  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Last season was the 27-year-old's first with Carolina after spending his first four campaigns with the Calgary Flames. The Canucks have already made a pair of big-ticket moves this offseason, signing defenseman Tyler Myers to a Pavelski : ' It wasn ' t easy ' leaving Sharks after 13 seasons .

Joseph James Pavelski (born July 11, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Pavelski: 'It wasn't easy' leaving Sharks after 13 seasons© Kavin Mistry / National Hockey League / Getty

Joe Pavelski is providing a window into the thought process that led him to bid farewell to the San Jose Sharks after more than a decade.

"Oh yeah, it was tough," the Dallas Stars forward and former Sharks captain told NBC Sports Bay Area's Josh Schrock on Wednesday. "I don't want to say it was harder than I thought it was going to be because I knew it was going to be hard once we got to that state and started looking at different teams and understanding that it was a real possibility that we should be prepared in case it gets there."

Pavelski, who'll turn 35 on Thursday, signed a three-year, $21-million deal with the Stars on July 1 after playing the last 13 campaigns with the Sharks.

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After spending 13 seasons with the Sharks , Pavelski signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Stars. THE SCORE: Hockey Night in Canada pundit Don Cherry took to Twitter yesterday to quell speculation over his future. The brouhaha arose after Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons claimed Cherry’s

Pavelski enjoyed a breakout season in 2013-14, establishing NHL career highs with 41 goals and 79 points and becoming the fourth player in Sharks history to score 40 Pavelski had three hat tricks and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team. He was named the Sharks Player of the Year, finished

The veteran center, who wore the 'C' in San Jose for the last four seasons, ranks among the club's all-time leaders in goals, assists, points, and games played.

"I've only got good things to say about San Jose and the organization there," he said. "The way the guys have treated me and the teammates that I've had that are still there. It was tough to leave. You don't stay somewhere for 13 years and not grow attached to it.

"I've just got some tremendous friendships there and you know it's not really goodbye; it's more of a thank you to the fans and everyone that was involved and helped turn me into the player and person I am today. Those decisions never come lightly and it wasn't easy."

Pavelski was an unrestricted free agent who also reportedly garnered interest from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild.

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