Stars strike huge in free agency, land Sharks forward Pavelski with 3-year deal

Dec 20, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) warms-up on the ice before the game against the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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The Stars signed Joe Pavelski to a $21 million, three-year contract, adding another scoring threat to their leading duo of Tyler Seguin and captain Jamie Benn.

Pavelski led Western Conference finals qualifier San Jose with 38 goals in 75 regular-season games while adding 26 assists for 64 points. The 34-year-old also led the Sharks with 12 power play goals.

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The addition of Pavelski comes after the Stars lost Mats Zuccarello to Central Division rival Minnesota in free agency. Dallas traded for Zuccarello before the deadline last season. The Stars lost to the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in Game 7 in the second round of the playoffs.

Pavelski is second in San Jose franchise history with 355 goals while ranking third in points (761) and assists (406). He played his first 13 NHL seasons with the Sharks.