Everyone felt for San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski went he fell awkwardly to the ice in Game 7 of the first round series against the Vegas Golden Knights. Bloody, dazed and toothless, we were all nervous about his condition and wondered if he’d be able to play again. Advocates cried out for his mental health after witnessing the terrible head trauma, and some wondered if he’d even be the same…
He did return, surprisingly, as he was back in uniform for Game 7 of the second round series against the Colorado Avalanche, in which he posted a goal and an assist and was the moving force behind the crucial win.
He was also in the lineup for the first five games of the Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues, but wasn’t able to play in the last game, on Tuesday, in which the Sharks were eliminated.
When asked about his condition, head coach Pete DeBoer revealed that Pavelski was no where close to playing that night despite being called a game-time decision during the day. Everyone got back to worrying about his head, the concussion, the lingering devastating symptoms…
However on Thursday, Pavelski came out and made the following comments in an interview that focused on his future and a potential return to San Jose, seeing that the veteran forward is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Pavelski revealed to Greg Wyshynski that he was confident he’ll be back in San Jose nest season, adding that the Game 6 injury was an aggravation of a lower body injury from late in season.
While we get that Pavelski is willing to do a lot to re-sign with the Sharks, he needs to think about his health and what is better for him and his family. Some fans are worried he might push things under the rug to make sure he gets a new contract.
In the meantime, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports there has been little dialogue between the Sharks and Pavelski. He believes term on the 34-year-old's new deal could be a sticking point for either side.
Let’s hope Pavelski takes the next few weeks to fix his health issues - the lower-body injury but the head too - and can make the right call on his future.