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

21:15  09 october  2019
21:15  09 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

Sharks bring back longtime captain Marleau on one-year deal

  Sharks bring back longtime captain Marleau on one-year deal SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Former Sharks longtime captain Patrick Marleau is returning to San Jose where he is the franchise leader in five major categories, signing a one-year contract Wednesday. © APWF FILE - In this March 16, 2017, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) skates with the puck during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in San Jose, Calif. Marleau is returning to San Jose. General manager Doug Wilson announced Tuesday, Oct.

Patrick Marleau is returning to San Jose.

FILE - In this March 16, 2017, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) skates with the puck during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in San Jose, Calif. Marleau is returning to San Jose. General manager Doug Wilson announced Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, that the Sharks' all-time leader in games, goals and points is returning to his original team after spending the past two seasons in Toronto. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)© Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this March 16, 2017, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) skates with the puck during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in San Jose, Calif. Marleau is returning to San Jose. General manager Doug Wilson announced Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, that the Sharks' all-time leader in games, goals and points is returning to his original team after spending the past two seasons in Toronto. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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.

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.

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 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 fell to 0-4 this season with a 5-2 loss at Nashville.

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.

The 39-year-old Marleau left San Jose two summers ago to sign a three-year, $18.75 million contract in Toronto 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 Maple Leafs before being traded to Carolina in June in a salary cap move.

Marleau 'grateful' to be back with Sharks

  Marleau 'grateful' to be back with Sharks After spending 19 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Patrick Marleau is happy to be back in the Bay Area. "The emotion I felt when that phone call came from Doug was just overwhelming," Marleau said on Wednesday, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group. "I'm just very grateful to be back." The Carolina Hurricanes bought out the veteran forward from the final year of his contract in June after the Toronto Maple Leafs traded him. Marleau will make his season debut on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks after practicing on the Sharks' top line alongside Logan Couture and Timo Meier, according to The Athletic's Kevin Kurz.

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."

Wilson said he's seen Marleau skate, and he knows Marleau trained all summer. Wilson credited both Marleau and his agent for understanding that the Sharks had to give opportunities to young players.

"A lot of the young guys have stepped up," Wilson said. "But I'm not sure our plan was ever to have five or six rookies in the lineup on a given night. And this is a tough league and sometimes being slotted in the right role is just as important as playing in games."

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Marleau 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 in his career and the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, but never won it all.

He came under criticism at times for playoff disappointments but remained a fan favorite and was warmly welcomed back the past two years as a visitor with Toronto. His family also moved back to the Bay Area, leading to Marleau's interest in returning.

Marleau has always been known as one of the fastest skaters in the NHL but appeared to have lost a step last year when his 16 goals were the fewest he had scored since having 13 as a rookie in 1997-98.

"He's still got a lot of game in him," former Toronto teammate Auston Matthews said last month. "He's in unbelievable shape. Every single year, both years he was in Toronto, he comes in flying. It's like he's not even breathing."

A fixture in San Jose's top six forwards and on the No. 1 power play unit during his first stint there, Marleau figures to be more of a role player.

He will reunite with longtime running mate Joe Thornton, who also turned 40 recently. The two were the faces of the franchise during more than a decade together after Thornton arrived during the 2005-06 season and made the Sharks a perennial contender.

Marleau has 551 goals and 615 assists in 1,657 career games, including 788 in a row since he last missed a contest on April 7, 2009. Marleau ranks fifth all-time in games played, trailing record-holder Gordie Howe by 110 for the most in NHL history. Marleau could eclipse that mark if he plays past this upcoming season.

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AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report

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