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JOE PAVELSKI EXPLAINS WHY HE CHOSE DALLAS OVER TAMPA BAY AS A FREE AGENT

Last summer when Joe Pavelski was a free agent, many teams came calling on the then 35-year-old. Pavelski had short-listed two teams and met with representatives of both. Ironically, those teams ended up being the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, the two clubs left in the Stanley Cup final this season. In a recent interview with reporters, Pavelski explained why he picked the Stars and signed a three-year contract worth $21 million with the team.

"I liked the goalies here," Pavelski said. "I liked the structure defensively. They played a lot of one-goal games (and) they didn't give up a lot of goals, and I always believe ... you need that, especially in the playoffs, to find those types of wins. So that was one of the reasons I kind of identified them, and there's also some high-end talent on this team as well."

In another interview with The Athletic, Pavelski said there were off-ice considerations as well.

"There were different things, hockey was one of the big ones obviously, but with (my son) Nate and his hockey and schooling, and (my wife) Sarah and I have been on the West Coast for 13 years, so if there was an option to get closer to home (Madison, Wisconsin), maybe in the same time zone, where the games don’t start at 9:30 every night for the parents, just try to experience something closer to home," the veteran forward said.



Before joining Dallas, Pavelski had spent his entire hockey career with the San Jose Sharks, the team that drafted him 205th overall in 2003. He was captain for his final four years there.

So far, his choice to join Dallas has paid off as the Stars now have a 1-0 lead over the Lightning in the Stanley Cup final. Of course, it is very early in the series and it can still go either way yet.

Source: NHL.com
TIM TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 20, 2020  (16H58)