‘I don’t care’: New Jersey Devils’ Joe Pavelski on Joe Paveli’s contract extension
SAN JOSE, Calif.
— It has been four years since the New Jersey Devil finally made a move that would end the team’s 13-year NHL drought.
But it appears the Devils will not be going that route again, at least for the time being.
Joe Pavelski signed a new five-year contract extension Tuesday with the Devils that keeps him with the franchise through 2021-22.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said the deal included a $12.25 million signing bonus.
The new deal includes a $15 million signing incentive and $4 million in salary-cap relief for the 2017-18 season.
It’s a big boost for the Devils, who have not made the playoffs since 2006-07, when they missed the postseason for the first time in their history.
The Devils were expected to add another player to their forward corps when they were dealt by the San Jose Sharks for Joe Pavelski, who played his entire career in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings.
Pavelski has been with the Sharks since 2009-10 and has one goal and two assists in 21 games this season.
The Sharks had to pay $5.75 million to sign Pavelsski, and it’s a tough blow for the team as the only remaining NHL player to sign a multi-year deal.
The contract extension was the result of a salary cap swap, Lamoriellosays.
The Devils had to re-sign all three forwards and defenseman.
The two deals also include a $5 million cap relief, which includes $3 million in cap relief for next season, and $1.9 million in dead money.
The cap relief also includes $750,000 for the 2018-19 season.