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Sports Agent: Marleau 'wanted to be a Shark at all costs'

00:20  14 october  2019
00:20  14 october  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Patrick Denis Marleau (born September 15, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

I feel I’m a Shark and I wanted to stay come back a Shark and that’s what it came down to.” “I think he’s going to do great in Toronto. I think it’s going be a good fit. Patty will be a Shark for life and he’ll Marleau ’s loss will be felt in San Jose, where he helped a young franchise develop into a consistent

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It was San Jose or bust for Patrick Marleau.

The Sharks icon, who officially signed a one-year, $700,000 deal Wednesday, was intent on a reunion in the Bay Area all along, according to his agent Pat Brisson.

"Carolina had interest in Patrick for him to be part of the team this season, however, Patrick wanted to be a Shark at all costs. He will retire as a Shark," Brisson said in an email to Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News. "At that point, I started communicating with (Sharks general manager) Doug Wilson on a regular basis in order to try making it work."

Marleau was traded from the Maple Leafs to the Hurricanes in June and then bought out by Carolina days later. While Marleau was seeking a return home, the Leafs were intent on getting rid of his $6.25-million cap hit. Would he have stayed in Toronto if it weren't for the club's cap crunch?

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  Sharks bring back 40-year-old Patrick Marleau for 2nd stint Patrick Marleau is returning to San Jose. 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 one-year, $700,000 contract after spending the past two seasons in Toronto. Wilson said the Sharks remain committed to integrating their young players into the organization. But suspensions, injuries and San Jose's slow start changed the plan. "This is anGeneral manager Doug Wilson announced Tuesday that the Sharks' all-time leader in games, goals and points is returning to his original team with a one-year, $700,000 contract after spending the past two seasons in Toronto.

Patrick Marleau is synonymous with the San Jose Sharks as Jimi Hendrix is with the electric guitar, as The Sharks are already going to be stretched to the max with their cap. This is arguably a fan wanting However, the short-term benefits could vastly outweigh the long-term costs to the franchise.

San Jose Sharks ’ Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers in the third period of Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference It’s definitely an honor to be able to call myself a Maple Leaf obviously being a Canadian-born player. This decision took me a quite a while to come to

"We'll never know," Marleau said with a smile.

For a while, it seemed as though a reunion with the Sharks wasn't going to be in the cards.

On Sept. 4, Brisson said there was no fit between the Sharks and Marleau and that he'd pursue other opportunities for his client. The Sharks were intent on giving some younger players a long look in training camp.

"The Sharks have made promises and commitments to their young players as part of their development," Brisson wrote to Pashelka. "If they were to look at bringing a veteran player, obviously Patrick was going to be Doug’s choice all along."

For Marleau, who rented ice in the Bay Area on his own dime to stay in shape, the uncertainty wasn't easy.

"It was a really … difficult situation," he said. "There were a lot of ups and downs. I'll leave it at that."

Marleau, who had two goals in his season debut Thursday while playing on the Sharks' top line, will play his first home game in teal this season Sunday night against the Calgary Flames.

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With return to Toronto on the horizon, Marleau happy to be back with Sharks .
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Patrick Marleau concedes sometimes it's strange to be back in the San Jose Sharks' locker room. And then there are moments when it feels like the veteran winger never left. Speaking with reporters Tuesday morning, Marleau was playfully interrupted by teammate Joe Thornton, who sits just to his right. Newly-anointed Sharks captain Logan Couture, meanwhile, is set up on his left. Just like old times. After two seasons with theAnd then there are moments when it feels like the veteran winger never left.

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