Marleau headed to Toronto
Patrick Marleau, 37, is leaving the San Jose Sharks for the Toronto Maple Leafs, signing a 3-year contract worth $18.75 million, ending his 19-year run in San Jose. The Sharks had reportedly offered Marleau a 2-year contract worth roughly $9 million, but the team was unwilling to add a third year, forcing Marleau to make a decision: uproot his family and leave the organization he joined as a 17-year-old in 1997 or stay and give the squad a hometown discount. Marleau, who was drafted by the Sharks with the No. 2 pick in the 1997 NHL draft, leaves town as the Sharks all-time leader in points (1,082), goals (508), games played (1,493), power play goals (160) and game-winning goals (98). He reached the 20-goal plateau in 14 of his 19 seasons in Teal.