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Sharks sign Pavelski to five-year contract extension


Big news out of San Jose this morning — the Sharks have signed center Joe Pavelski to a five-year contract extension.

Per ESPN’s Craig Custance, the deal is worth $30 million, garnering a cap hit of $6 million.

“Joe has been an important part of our success over the last several years and we are excited to have him with our club for the next six seasons,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in a release.

Pavelski has one year remaining on his current deal. In 2013, the 29-year-old had 16 goals and 15 assists in 48 regular-season games followed by 12 points in 11 playoff contests (including eight points during the Sharks’ four-game sweep of the Canucks in the first round.)

With both Pavelski and 24-year-old center Logan Couture signed through 2018-19, expect plenty of speculation regarding the future of captain Joe Thornton.

Thornton, 34, has one year left on his contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent. The same goes for two other key Shark veterans, Patrick Marleau, 33, and Dan Boyle, 37.

Will the Sharks be able to keep everyone together under the salary cap?

And even if they can, will they choose to?

Leafs prospects Nylander and Kapanen heading to AHL

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The Toronto Maple Leafs trimmed their training camp roster by 16 players on Sunday.

Two of the Leafs’ top prospects, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen, are heading to the the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

For the full list of cuts, click here.

Nylander was Toronto’s first round pick, eighth overall, in 2014.

The 19-year-old scored an impressive 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with the Marlies in 2014-15.

Kapenen, 19, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Phil Kessel trade.

He had one goal and one assist in a brief four game stint with Pittsburgh’s farm team last season.

The rebuilding Maple Leafs have no issue being patient with their top young prospects. Both players could make their NHL debut at some point this season, but they may have to wait a little while longer before they become regulars at the next level.

The Leafs now have 24 players on their training camp roster. They have until Tuesday to put the finishing touches on their lineup. Toronto needs to cut at least one more player.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”