Pavelski, Roenick, Boucher — 4 years, $5 million gets it done
First, for the number crunchers:
Jeremy Roenick, who was the lowest paid Shark (at least until Brian Boucher arrived) at $500,000 last season, no longer has that distinction as his new one-year contract will pay him about $1.1 million.
Boucher, whose salary was listed at $490,000 after joining the Sharks, will earn about $650,000 in his one-year deal.
And Joe Pavelski, who made $810,000 in the final year of his entry level deal, will make about twice that with a new contract that will pay him about $3.3 million spread over two seasons.
Now, for everybody else:
The phone conference was about the three signings, but not surprisingly a couple of Canadian reporters wanted to talk with Doug Wilson about Brian Campbell and Patrick Marleau.
They got the same answers that the rest of us have.
On Campbell’s future with the Sharks: “Our discussions with Brian Campbell are ongoing.”
On whether it was likely or unlikely that Marleau would be traded by July 1: “Yes, I’ve had many teams call and ask me about our players. I take every phone call that comes from every other GM. Patty Marleau — I’m not sure why he gets asked about more than the other guys.”
On the suggestion that the Sharks could not afford to sign both Campbell and Marleau: “I don’t think we have to free up any money. I don’t know where that perception has come from. We always positioned ourselves to add the pieces that we want.”
Now, on to the main topic.
Since the team announced at its State of the Sharks session six weeks ago that Roenick would be coming back, it’s hard to treat the signing as news. But it is significant, of course, in the sense that Roenick’s performance was definitely one of the best things about last season — and the fact that he wanted to come back for more shows he hasn’t lost faith.
And the off-ice contributions came up again when someone asked Pavelski about Roenick’s decision to return.
“He was really good with a lot of the young guys,” Pavelski said. “He told us how it was in his day and how it has to be in today’s game. He was honest with us and we took that right in stride. . . . It’s exciting that he wants to be around,” Pavelski said.
Pavelski said he’s already talked with new coach Todd McLellan, calling it a “great conversation.”
“”He kind of told me what he expected of me … a little more offensively, though defense still has to be there,” Pavelski said. “But he talked more about the team — How badly did we want to win? What were we prepared to do?”
Wilson referred to Pavelski as a “big-time player. . . . He wants the puck on his stick, he wants to be on the ice when the game is on the line.”
The GM said he expected Nabokov wouldn’t get as many starts next season, broadly hinting that if someone with Boucher’s experience would have been around since October last year, Nabokov might not have gotten as many as the 77 he did.
Wilson pointed out that Boucher and Nabokov worked well together last season.
“I think they have great respect for each other,” Wilson said. Boucher ”got it done on the ice and that’s how you command respect.”
Under contract until July 1, Boucher couldn’t really test the waters to find out his options around the NHL. He said he looked into an opportunity in the new Russian league, but decided against it.
“At the end of the day, I think San Jose was probably the best place for me,” Boucher said. “Obviously I had a great experience last year and I want to be a part of that again.”