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Sports With return to Toronto on the horizon, Marleau happy to be back with Sharks

01:00  23 october  2019
01:00  23 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Report: Sharks among teams to reach out to Marleau's camp

  Report: Sharks among teams to reach out to Marleau's camp The San Jose Sharks have reached out to free-agent forward Patrick Marleau's camp, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. A couple of other teams are also in the mix for Marleau's services, LeBrun added. Marleau had one season remaining on the three-year, $18.75-million contract he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2017, but he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes this summer and was bought out shortly thereafter. The 40-year-old was hoping to rejoin the Sharks, but his agent Pat Brisson said in September that the fit between the two sides wasn't there.

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).

Watch as the San Jose Sharks welcome Patrick Marleau back with a tribute video, causing the Maple Leafs winger to fight back tears as the fans chant go wild.

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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 the Toronto Maple Leafs — a 24-month stint following nearly two decades in San Jose — Marleau is back where he truly belongs.

"It's been great," the 40-year-old said of his return to the Sharks after signing a one-year deal for the league minimum on Oct. 9. "A little bit weird, but at the same time it's comfortable ... it's just getting back into the swing of things."

Sharks bring back 40-year-old Patrick Marleau for 2nd stint

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The long-time Sharks captain was back in San Jose as a member of the Leafs. The roars were boisterous and the memories were savored as Patrick Marleau made his return to San Jose Monday night as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Patrick Marleau , still with a Sharks bag in hand, was officially off to Toronto with his family on Wednesday. It was last week when Patrick Marleau was spotted wearing his brand new Toronto Maple Leafs At this point, you have to figure that some changes are on the horizon for the Sharks .

Marleau left the Sharks to sign with the Leafs in unrestricted free agency in July 2017, inking a three-year, US$18.75-million contract.

The move was a shocker for a soft-spoken player that had shied away from the limelight most of his career.

"Once he went to Toronto, I thought, 'Who knows if we're ever going to cross paths to play with each other (again)?" Thornton said. "I knew we'd always stay in touch, but to play with each other, I didn't know if that would happen.

"I'm happy it's happening."

Marleau played well in his first season with the Leafs, putting up 27 goals and 47 points, and perhaps even more importantly, provided guidance to Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.

Marleau, his wife Christina and their four sons welcomed the young stars into their family circle. The shared dinners, celebrated holidays and went on excursions.

Sharks bring back Marleau on 1-year deal reportedly worth $700K

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But Marleau ultimately decided to leave. “Obviously, I’m bummed that Patty’s not coming back “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 Thornton then underwent surgery to repair his MCL and ACL after the season but plans to be back

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Matthews and Marner were almost like their fifth and sixth kids.

"It just kind of happened organically," said Marleau, who will make his return to Toronto on Friday when the Sharks visit Scotiabank Arena. "They were just great players and great people. It was just easy to get a long with them and easy to be friends."

But the No. 2 pick at the 1997 NHL draft could see the gathering clouds on the horizon. Marleau's 37 points in 2018-19 was his lowest output since his rookie year, and he seemed to have lost a step, especially in the first-round playoff series that saw the Leafs bounced by the Boston Bruins for a second consecutive spring.

With a salary cap crunch coming and Matthews having already signed his lucrative extension, Marleau was an obvious target to be slashed as general manager Kyle Dubas looked to make room for Marner's impending big-money contract.

The only problem from Toronto's perspective was that Marleau held all the cards with a full no-movement clause and he wasn't eligible to have his contract bought out by the Leafs.

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

  Agent: Marleau 'wanted to be a Shark at all costs' 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, IThe 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.

The signing of Marleau puts the spotlight back on Joe Thornton’s status with the Sharks . Thornton is a free agent. Despite his advancing age, Marleau remains He is a versatile player capable of playing at center or on the wing and has experience playing on the top power-play unit and as a penalty killer.

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Marleau also knew what made the most sense.

"There's a business side of things," Marleau said Tuesday before the Sharks took on the Buffalo Sabres. "There were a few things juggling in the air."

The Leafs approached him about the possibility of a trade. He eventually agreed, with Toronto adding a first-round pick as a sweetener to Carolina for the Hurricanes to take Marleau's contract off their hands.

"You see it almost every year where teams are trying to get everybody that they want underneath the cap," he said. "It's always there."

The irony of it all was that Marner — who would eventually sign a contract with Toronto worth nearly $10.9 million over each of the next six seasons — turned out to be one of the main reasons he was shown the door.

"No better person to do it for, that's for sure," Marleau deadpanned. "That makes it easy. (Marner and Matthews) are great people, great players. They deserve every penny they get."

The Aneroid, Sask., native never had any real interest in playing for Carolina and was bought out by the Hurricanes five days after the trade was completed.

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Marleau's heart was set on a return to San Jose, but the team had already made commitments to other players. Injuries, suspensions and a so-so start to the schedule opened the door.

"In this business your word is very important," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "Some guys had signed contracts to come over from Europe. Patty and his agent fully understood that commitment, but we said if we were going to add a veteran, Patty would be the guy.

"It worked out the way it was supposed to."

That doesn't mean there weren't some uneasy moments for Marleau, who missed his first training camp in 22 NHL seasons.

"It was a roller-coaster ride, for sure," he said. "I'm glad the way things ended up ... (but) it was a grind."

Marleau's return to Toronto on Friday will also mark his eye-popping 1,500th game with San Jose.

He keeps a close eye on Marner, Matthews and the Leafs, and sees a bright future for a talented team looking to find its footing.

Marleau just won't be there to help pull on the rope.

"They have all the pieces up front," he said. "The core people that they have there is intact. They're going to be great for a long time.

"It'll be exciting to see those guys."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 22, 2019.

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Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

Morgan Rielly scores winner as Leafs down Sharks 4-1 .
Morgan Rielly scored the winner with 5:29 left in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Friday night. Ilya Mikheyev, with a goal and an assist, Jake Muzzin and Auston Matthews also scored for Toronto (6-4-2). Frederik Andersen made 14 saves.

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