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NHL - US Sports: Pavelski still believes in Stars

Veteran forward Joe Pavelski says he signed a new one-year contract with the Dallas Stars because he believes the franchise give him an opportunity to be successful in his later hockey years.

The Stars, 30/1 to win the Stanley Cup, signed the 37-year-old to a new $5-million deal on Friday, which will extend his stay in Dallas to a fourth season.

Pavelski joined the Stars in 2019 and has recorded 141 points (61 goals, 80 assists) in 179 regular season games. This season, his most productive with Dallas, he leads the team in points (59) and assists (37).

Pavelski an obvious NHL stalwart

Over 14 seasons in the NHL, Pavelski has scored 902 points (416 goals, 486 assists) in 1,142 regular season games with the Stars and San Jose Sharks, who drafted him in 2003.

In the play-offs, the centreman has 119 points (61 goals, 58 assists) in 161 appearances. He has appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoff Final twice, in 2016 with the Sharks and more recently in 2020 as part of the Stars.

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Dallas (32-21-3) have won seven of their last 10 games (7-2-1) and are one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers for the second Wild Card spot to qualify for the playoffs from the Western Conference.

Pavelski said to the media: "I am very committed to winning here and have full belief in (owner) Tom Gaglardi and his family and (general manager) Jim Nill to give our group every resource in order to do so.

"We have a great dressing room, and it was important to me and my family to show that we are all in."

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