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“Stars” extended the contract of veteran Joe Pavelski for 2023-2024

“Stars” extended the contract of veteran Joe Pavelski for 2023-2024

FRISCO, Texas (AP) β€” Veteran forward Joe Pavelski signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Stars on Sunday, months before he could become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

The 2023-24 extension carries a base salary of $3.5 million, along with an additional $2 million in potential performance bonuses. Pavelski, 38, is now in his fourth season with Dallas and his 17th in the NHL.

Pavelski has played in all 38 games this season and ranks third on the team with 37 points (25 assists, 12 goals). His +23 rating is the best for the Stars and ranks second in the NHL.

“Joe continues to prove why he is one of the best players in the NHL and we are fortunate to have him as part of our group for another season,” said general manager Jim Neal. β€œHe embodies what it means to be a professional hockey player with his approach to the game both on and off the ice. Joe’s leadership in the locker room is invaluable and the level of respect he has throughout the league speaks volumes for the type of person he is.”

Pavelski spent the first 13 seasons of his career with San Jose before signing a three-year, $21 million deal with Dallas. Late last season, after he made his fourth All-Star game and just before his original deal expired, the Stars signed him to a $5.5 million contract for the season.

Since joining the Stars, he leads the team with 200 points, 122 assists, 38 goals and a +62 rating in 243 games. He played in 34 playoff games for Dallas with 16 goals and nine assists.


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