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Little Joe may just about be ready to break free of the massive shadow in front of him.
Like I mentioned before San Jose needs to do some major retooling and take care of some cap issues. While Devin Setoguchi may look to be the odd man out, the Sharks might have to clear some cap space instead.
With Pavelski slated to make $4 million over the next three seasons, and the big three in Thornton, Marleau, and Heatley all having no-movement clauses, Pavelski may instead be the odd man out.
Pavelski had another great season this year scoring 20 goals and 66 points while averaging 19:39 minutes per game. He was also a +10 and one of their best faceoff men.
Pavelski right now is San Jose second/third line center but may be looking for a promotion should he be traded. However the asking price for little Joe won't be cheap. San Jose right now is in dire need of defensemen.
In an ideal world I would say trade Komisarek for him but that would never happen. It would most likely take a roster player, a first/second round pick, and a defensive prospect or two. Whatever the asking price for Pavelski is, Burke should definitely look into it. While he may not be the definite first line center the Leafs need, he sure does have the potential for it.