Mar­leau, Sharks re­union set to go

The Morning Call - - SPORTS -

Patrick Mar­leau is re­turn­ing to the Sharks.

Gen­eral man­ager Doug Wil­son an­nounced Tues­day that the Sharks’ all-time leader in games, goals and points is re­turn­ing to his orig­i­nal team with a oneyear, $700,000 con­tract after spend­ing the last two sea­sons with the Maple Leafs.

Wil­son said the Sharks re­main com­mit­ted to in­te­grat­ing their young play­ers into the or­ga­ni­za­tion. But sus­pen­sions, in­juries and the Sharks’ slow start changed the plan.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity to add a veteran into our group to give use some veteran depth that’s ver­sa­tile, un­der­stands how we play, and is very ac­cept­ing of the role that (coach) Pete DeBoer may need on dif­fer­ent nights,” Wil­son said be­fore the Sharks’ road game against the Preda­tors.

The Sharks failed to record a point in the first three games for the first time since 1993-94 and only scored three goals in the process. That led to the move to add a veteran for­ward with a his­tory of pro­duc­tion in the NHL.

Mar­leau left the Sharks two sum­mers ago to sign a three­year, $18.75 mil­lion con­tract with the Leafs after the Sharks were un­will­ing to of­fer a deal longer than two years. Mar­leau had 43 goals and 41 as­sists in two sea­sons with the Leafs be­fore be­ing traded to the Hur­ri­canes in June in a salary cap move.

The Hur­ri­canes then bought Mar­leau out, mak­ing him a free agent. He worked out with his for­mer Sharks team­mates in San Jose over the sum­mer but the team opted to go young in­stead of bring­ing Mar­leau back.

That all changed fol­low­ing the rough start for San Jose, and now Mar­leau is back in teal.

“He’s still fast. He can still skate. He was al­ways in in­cred­i­ble shape be­cause he’s work­ing so hard,” Sharks for­ward To­mas Hertl said last month. “His body, he’s still like a young guy be­cause he’s work­ing. He’s phys­i­cal and he can score goals, too.”

Mar­leau, 40, orig­i­nally joined the Sharks as the No. 2 over­all pick in 1997 and holds fran­chise records in goals (508), points (1,082) and games played (1,493).

He helped the team reach the con­fer­ence fi­nal four times and the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal in 2016, but never won it all.

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