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:
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:
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.
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