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Sharks' Joe Pavelski signs with KHL team, according to report

The San Jose Sharks have lost another player during the lockout as Joe Pavelski is heading to Belarus to join the KHL.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski is the latest member of the team heading overseas due to the NHL lockout as he has signed with Dinamo Minsk in Belarus of the Russian-based KHL, according to CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz.

The 28-year old will become the seventh San Jose player to head to Europe during the lockout, joining the likes of Joe Thornton and Logan Couture (Switzerland), Jason Demers and Tommy Wingels (Finalnd), TJ Galiardi (Germany) and Douglas Murray (Sweden). Pavelski has two years remaining on his current contract with the Sharks with $4 million each year headed his way.

Pavelski is only the third North American-born player to join the KHL along with Winnipeg Jets Evander Kane and Andrew Ladd. He had 31 goals and 30 assists for a total of 61 points for San Jose last season, playing all 82 games for just the second time in his six year professional career.