Patrick Marleau: If Not San Jose Than Where?

Patrick Marleau has been around this summer. After putting up 37 points (16 G, 21 A) in 82 games with a -6 rating while averaging 16:21 on the ice per game. Here is a look over Marleau’s 21 years in the NHL:

NHL Standard career statistics
Scor Scor Scor Shot Ice
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM S% ATOI
1997-98 18 SJS 74 13 19 32 5 14 14.4
1998-99 19 SJS 81 21 24 45 10 24 15.7 15:11
1999-00 20 SJS 81 17 23 40 -9 36 10.6 14:11
2000-01 21 SJS 81 25 27 52 7 22 17.1 16:17
2001-02 22 SJS 79 21 23 44 9 40 17.4 14:04
2002-03 23 SJS 82 28 29 57 -10 33 16.3 18:31
2003-04 24 SJS 80 28 29 57 -5 24 12.7 18:12
2005-06 26 SJS 82 34 52 86 -12 26 13.1 19:56
2006-07 27 SJS 77 32 46 78 9 33 17.8 18:34
2007-08 28 SJS 78 19 29 48 -19 33 10.3 18:14
2008-09 29 SJS 76 38 33 71 16 18 15.1 21:21
2009-10 30 SJS 82 44 39 83 21 22 16.1 21:13
2010-11 31 SJS 82 37 36 73 -3 16 13.3 20:47
2011-12 32 SJS 82 30 34 64 10 26 12.0 20:29
2012-13 33 SJS 48 17 14 31 -2 24 11.3 19:07
2013-14 34 SJS 82 33 37 70 0 18 11.6 20:31
2014-15 35 SJS 82 19 38 57 -17 12 8.2 19:35
2015-16 36 SJS 82 25 23 48 -22 10 11.6 19:02
2016-17 37 SJS 82 27 19 46 4 28 14.2 17:09
2017-18 38 TOR 82 27 20 47 1 16 13.3 16:59
2018-19 39 TOR 82 16 21 37 -6 28 9.9 16:21
19 yrs SJS 1493 508 574 1082 -8 459 13.4 18:27
2 yrs TOR 164 43 41 84 -5 44 11.8 16:40
Career 21 yrs 1657 551 615 1166 -13 503 13.2 18:16
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/8/2019.

 

Marleau has been on the move since June. First, he was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Carolina Hurricanes, then Marleau was bought out by Carolina and left as a UFA.

Although he’s 39 (turns 40 on September 15th), Marleau isn’t thinking about retirement just yet. He has been skating in San Jose this summer but it was announced this week that the San Jose Sharks, Marleau’s draft team, aren’t looking at taking Marleau back, even if it is for a final tour season. The team says that they are more focused on their younger stars and building up those players which wouldn’t be a bad idea. They have outstanding talent to be developed and saving your money for said players is better than spending some here.

So if not San Jose, where it all started for Marleau, or Toronto, where he built up a title as “Team Dad”, then where to?

According to Darren Dreger, Marleau has been in talks with two teams this summer; the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks.

First, let’s talk about the Oilers.

Edmonton finished 7th in the Pacific Division with 79 points. Edmonton has been in a weird limbo, they have one of the best players, if not the best, in his generation with Connor McDavid but as a team, they can’t seem to win games. They finished last season with a record of 35-38-9.

Marleau has been playing in the league almost as long as most of Edmonton’s core has been alive. He’s seen it all and it wouldn’t be a terrible addition to the roster. Marleau can still keep up with the young guys (Example A: him in Toronto) so putting him on the 2nd or 3rd line would help maintain control for a team that seems to lose control often. Although he’s up there in age, Marleau still is good at maintaining the puck. Here is a look at his Corsi For numbers over the past few seasons:

Advanced NHL career statistics
Cors Cors Cors Cors
Season Age Team GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel
2007-08 28 SJS 78 1077.3 960 833 53.5 0.1
2008-09 29 SJS 76 1131.3 1193 973 55.1 -0.4
2009-10 30 SJS 82 1238.3 1325 1162 53.3 2.2
2010-11 31 SJS 82 1267.2 1279 1134 53.0 -1.2
2011-12 32 SJS 82 1292.4 1397 1176 54.3 1.9
2012-13 33 SJS 48 691.1 720 619 53.8 3.3
2013-14 34 SJS 82 1246.1 1355 1195 53.1 -2.0
2014-15 35 SJS 82 1216.0 1274 1223 51.0 -0.1
2015-16 36 SJS 82 1164.5 1103 1061 51.0 -0.6
2016-17 37 SJS 82 1156.7 1169 1105 51.4 0.2
2017-18 38 TOR 82 1188.0 1184 1209 49.5 -0.9
2018-19 39 TOR 82 1184.2 1264 1249 50.3 -1.9
Career 940 13853.1 14223 12939 52.4 0.3
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/8/2019.

Edmonton has $1,533,001 in cap space, so giving Marleau a small deal with that much, maybe up to $2 million if the cap climbs to $83 million, is a fit solution. Edmonton gets a mentor that can put in minutes and hopefully get them back to playoff contention. Marleau gets a clean slate with a new coach and new team that has a lot of young potential that he can help boost.

Secondly, the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks hit a hard wall last season and missed out on playoffs for the first time since 2012. The team finished with 80 points at 6th in the Pacific division, and a record of 35-37-10.

The team lost some of it’s older core players this offseason such as Corey Perry heading to Dallas, so throwing Marleau into the mix can help balance things out. After such a painful season, shaking up the roster isn’t necessarily a bad idea. Mixing new talent and some familiar moves can create success so Marleau might find some personal and team success in Anaheim.

The Ducks have $8,500,242 in cap space so cutting Patty a small $2,000,000 deal isn’t a ball-buster on their end.

Either one of these firs would work well for Patrick Marleau. The guy still has some gas in the tank and can make contributions into this league. This isn’t the last we see of Patrick Marleau.


Featured Image: TSN

 

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