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Patrick Marleau Back In San Jose

 

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Patrick Marleu Is Looking For A Team To Play With

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The Latest On Joe Thornton And Patrick Marleau

from TSN,

Joe Thornton announced his intentions to return for a 22nd NHL season in June and according to Kevin Kurz of The Athletic, it is only a matter of time before the veteran re-signs with the San Jose Sharks.

Kurz writes that "Thornton is not going anywhere and will re-sign with the Sharks at some point in the near future," though he may wait until Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is done shaping his roster for this season.

Thornton, who posted 16 goals and 35 assists in 73 games, said in June he believes he could play up to five more seasons. The 40-year-old was pictured in full gear at the Sharks training facility on Monday along with former teammate Patrick Marleau.

Marleau, who was bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes in June, has also been linked to the Sharks this off-season, but Kurz reports there's "much more uncertainty" around his future. The 39-year-old desired a move from the Toronto Maple Leafs after last season in order to be closer to his family in San Jose, but Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wrote last week that the Sharks "don't want" the veteran.

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Patrick Marleau Bought Out By The Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has bought out the remainder of forward Patrick Marleau's contract.

Marleau, 39, was acquired by the Hurricanes on June 22 along with Toronto's first-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft and Toronto's seventh-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Maple Leafs in exchange for Carolina's sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft. If Toronto's first-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft is a top-10 pick, the Hurricanes will instead receive Toronto's first-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.

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Toronto Trades Patrick Marleau To Carolina

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Video- Goals Of The Week And Bob McKenzie On Patrick Marleau

2:21 to watch the goals of the week and below, listen to Bob McKenzie on Patrick Marleau.

 

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Video- Auston Matthews Made Sure Patrick Marleau Was In San Jose Last Night

With a tribute to Patrick Marleau.

 

 

Marleau's wife appreciated the gesture.

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Patrick Marleau Returns To San Jose Tonight

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

The tears have been forming for almost two decades.

Patrick Marleau will do everything in his power to keep them from trickling down his cheeks.

Easier said than done.

Marleau will make his highly anticipated hockey homecoming when his Toronto Maple Leafs visit the San Jose Sharks on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, SNO, NHL.TV). The 38-year-old forward played the first 19 seasons of his NHL career in San Jose.

Marleau knows the Sharks will have some kind of in-game tribute for him. He doesn't know when it will take place or what it will be. But when that moment does come, with his wife and four sons among the family, friends and thousands of fans at SAP Center, he admits it will be difficult to hold back the emotions.

And the tears.

"I don't know how I'll react when it happens," Marleau said recently, fighting to find the right words. "Hopefully there is someone beside me making jokes or something. Keep things light."

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Video- Patrick Marleau After His First Skate With The Leafs

Patrick Marleau on his new team and city.

 

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Patrick Marleau With A Three-Year Contract In Toronto

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Waiting On Patrick Marleau

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

He could remain in San Jose, but other clubs are said to be in hot pursuit. The Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs are all still interested in Marleau, but the 37-year-old veteran forward is surely reluctant to move on from the place he’s called home for the past 19 seasons.

Marleau was reported to have a two-year offer on the table from the Sharks on Friday, but according to one source, offers from the other clubs – particularly Toronto, from what I understand – are better than what the Sharks are offering. It’s highly likely that Marleau is weighing whether to take a better deal somewhere else and uproot his family (or commute back and forth to the Bay Area), or stay with San Jose on a lesser deal.

There is genuine uncertainty regarding Marleau from everyone I’ve talked to. No one seems to know what he’ll decide. He deserves some time to make up his mind, of course, but I would be surprised if it drags on much longer.

On a related note, I don’t expect the Sharks will announce the one-year contract for Joe Thornton until Marleau’s decision becomes public.

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Videos- Patrick Marleau Now With 500 NHL Goals

#500 for Patrick Marleau.

 

 

Below, watch Marleau talk about reaching the milestone and the last video is Randy Hahn's call of the goal.

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Video- Have A Night Patrick Marleau

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Patrick Marleau is the owner of just about every career record for goal scoring in Sharks franchise history. But he’s never had a game like Monday’s against the Colorado Avalanche.

With his team needing a spark, Marleau came through with one of the most memorable games of his 19-year NHL career, scoring four third period goals in the Sharks’ 5-2 win over the Avalanche.

Marleau scored at 2:53, 5:57 and the 10:35 marks of the third period, then finished his electrifying night with a breakaway goal with 3:37 to go as the Sharks picked up their season-high fifth straight win.

“Tonight was a lot of fun,” said Marleau, who is now at 497 goals for his NHL career.

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The Future Of Ben Bishop And Patrick Marleau

from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

Entering 2016-17, the future is uncertain for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop and San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau. Both are eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency and it remains to be seen if they have a place in the long-term plans of their respective clubs.

Bishop, 29, is considered among the league’s elite goalies. He was a finalist last season for the Vezina Trophy, backstopping the Lightning to the 2015 Stanley Cup final and the 2016 Eastern Conference final.

Marleau, who turns 37 on Sept. 15, is entering his 19th NHL season with the Sharks. With 25 goals and 48 points in 2015-16, he exceeded 44 points for the 16th time and 20 goals for the 13th time. He also helped the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history.

The Lightning’s limited salary cap space beyond 2016-17, the need to re-sign key forwards Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin and competition from promising goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will affect Bishop’s future in Tampa Bay. For Marleau, his age and recent decline in production could lead to his potential departure from San Jose.

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Video- Is It Destiny For Joe Thornton And Patrick Marleau?

Scott Morrison of Sportsnet with the feature...

 

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Another Dirty Hit?

from Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The NHL is not serious about cleaning up dirty hits that put players in jeopardy of concussions and other head injuries. The league can’t be.

We have seen too much evidence in these playoffs that shows the league isn’t yet to the point where it is willing to suspend players who commit these kinds of hits, even if they are accidental.

The latest, of course, is Sharks standout Patrick Marleau’s elbow/shoulder to the head of Bryan Rust in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night.

The Penguins won, but Rust is now day-to-day with some sort of upper body injury. If you watch the play, there is no way you can tell me that Marleau wasn’t trying to head hunt and punish someone. But the league already announced today that Marleau won’t be facing any supplemental discipline.It would be shocking if it wasn’t so predictable, but there is no way the league is going to suspend one of its stars in the middle of the Stanley Cup final, especially with his team already down 1-0 in the series.

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Marleau catches Rust in the jaw

Patrick Marleau's hit on Bryan Rust was late. Not egregiously so, but late enough that it caught Rust shoulder-to-jaw, and late enough that it sent Rust to the "quiet room" twice, with Rust not returning after the second hit.

Do you think this is a suspension-worthy hit in today's NHL, or is there still some impetus on the player getting hit to not lead with his chin?

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Patrick Marleau Is Happy To Still Be In San Jose

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With the Sharks four wins from a Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, it’s amazing to think that Marleau could have missed out. The NHL’s active leader in games played without appearing in the Stanley Cup final could have been elsewhere.

The precise details remain murky, but Marleau has never run from reports last November that he may have had an interest in parting ways with the franchise.

It wasn’t exactly a trade request, per se, but Marleau reportedly let it be known to Sharks management that he was open to the idea of starting anew outside of the Bay Area.

“Yeah, I mean, it’d be hard to imagine not being here,” Marleau said Sunday at media day to kick off the Stanley Cup final. “I’m extremely happy to be here, obviously.”

The Sharks might not have made it to the Stanley Cup final without Marleau. The 36-year-old Aneroid, Sask., native chipped in 25 goals and 48 points in the regular season, but it was his willingness to drop down to a third-line role for a stretch that turned the Sharks into a matchup nightmare for opponents.

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Saturday Headlines involve Avs trade rumors and All-Star talk

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discussed several topics during their "Saturday Headlines" segment, and they stated that:

1. The NHL's concussion-spotting system was reviewed, and it may move to the Department of Player Safety;

2. There are both rumors of Patrick Marleau going to Colorado and the Avalanche having to rid themselves of Tyson Barrie, and there are rumors about Patrick Wiercoch going to Colorado as well;

3. Cox noted that Martin Brodeur believes that the NHL is going toward larger nets, and that people won't notice them;

4. And Friedman stated that the NHL will decide on whether the All-Star Game has a 3-on-3 format sometime this week.

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The Latest Partick Marleau Trade Talk

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

Sharks forward Patrick Marleau would accept a trade to one of three teams, an NHL source has informed CSNCalifornia.com.

The New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings would all be locations that the Sharks’ all-time leading scorer would deem acceptable.

The Rangers have had scouts at the last two Sharks games, including Doug Risebrough on Tuesday night against the Islanders.

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via Bob McKenzie tweets,

It is less likely SJ asked Marleau to waive NTC and more likely that Marleau asked SJ to explore trade possibilities to select teams.

Some teams aware since early in regular season that SJ's Patrick Marleau may, under right circumstances, look favorably on a trade.

Elliottte Friedman tweet,

At the end of the day, this will be Marleau's decision...unless the Sharks decide not to trade him. 

According to generalfanager, Marleau's salary thru the 2016-17 season is $6.5M.

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Saturday Headlines include injury talk and a wrinkle on shrinking goalie equipment

Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman discussed Patrick Marleau being on the trade market, the KHL deciding to make its players available for the World Cup of Hockey, WIlliam Nylander playing well in the AHL for Toronto, Connor McDavid's surgery (no torn labrum or separated shoulder), Pavel Datsyuk returning next Friday or Saturday, Zach Parise's likely status as being out for the month, and according to Friedman, per an NHL competition committee debate, the NHL is considering asking goalies to wear player-sized jerseys and have their chest protectors fit underneath:

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Video- The Problem With The Patrick Marleau Goal Last Night

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

From his position behind the net, referee Watson's initial instinct was to wave off the goal. Something obviously didn't smell right for him as he looked through the back of Reimer and Nazem Kadri. The ref immediately looked for input from the other members of the officiating crew. A decision to allow the goal must have resulted from that conference.

Since video replay is unable to rule upon a potential violation of goalkeeper interference, their only input on this play was to establish that the puck entered the net, hence the "good goal" terminology. General managers, please provide the referees with the capability to more accurately determine the presence of goalie interference through a video monitor located in the penalty box. Your team just might be recipients of the next "dirty goal" that is allowed unjustly.

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The Slumping Patrick Marleau

Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea answered a few tweets/emails...

Is Marleau's fall off in goals attributed to his new role to make room for the younger skaters?

Not at all, and Marleau’s role on the team, at least on the ice, has remained the same. He’s still primarily on the second line wing with center Logan Couture when everyone is healthy, and he’s a mainstay on the top power play unit.

Marleau’s goal production, of course, has fallen off a cliff. The team’s highest paid player in terms of actual salary at $7 million, Marleau is on pace for 14 goals, which would be his lowest total since scoring 13 in 74 games in his rookie season of 1997-98.

The even-keeled veteran doesn’t seem overly concerned, saying over and over that the chances are there. And, while he’s had some open looks in recent weeks during his one-goal-in-20-games slump, I went back and looked at the seven goals he scored this season, and compared them with the Sharks’ hottest scorer of late – Melker Karlsson.

Of Marleau’s seven goals, three have come on the power play, while one was with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker. Obviously, there’s more room to operate in the offensive zone in such situations.

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Patrick Marleau Wants To Stay In San Jose

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

"I want to play in San Jose," Marleau said Monday at Media Day for the NHL Awards, where he is up for the Lady Byng Trophy. "I want to win there."

Marleau said he and San Jose captain Joe Thornton, the Sharks' longest tenured players, have already discussed next season and getting back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs to make amends for the team's collapse against the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose blew a 3-0 lead and lost to the Kings in seven games in the Western Conference First Round.

"We're looking forward to next year," Marleau said of him and Thornton. "It's going to [stink] having to go through all the 82 games to get back in the playoffs to get to that point to actually do something about it."...

Marleau and Thornton, though, are in control of their futures in San Jose with full no-trade clauses and three-year contracts that kick in this season. But Wilson's talk of a rebuild can be taken as a clear sign that he's telling them they should waive those no-trade clauses if asked.

Marleau said the topic has not been discussed yet with management and he hasn't thought about it. He doesn't seem to have any interest in doing so either.

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Marleau, Thornton Sign Extensions In San Jose

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Marleau Continues To Score

from NHL.com,

Patrick Marleau has accomplished something no player has since the inaugural season of the NHL.

Marleau scored twice in the first period Saturday for the San Jose Sharks against the Colorado Avalanche, and he has now registered multiple goals in each of the team's first four games this season. He is the first player to start with back-to-back-to-back-to-back multigoal games since Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators in 1917-18, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Marleau's eight goals in four games are more than six teams (Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers,Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings) have to this point. The previous fastest player in Sharks history to eight goals was Owen Nolan, who needed eight games to get there in 1999-2000.

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Looking on the Left

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We continue our preview of the top players at each position with a look at the left wing. In my auction league with bidding that is taking place all month, I am currently looking for a low-cost left wing option, of which there are plenty. But here are the options that you can reasonably pay top dollar for or feel comfortable drafting with an early-round pick.

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Ninja Sharks: Tuesday Captain’s Practice

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Monday, a charity golf event kept at least some Sharks away from the 10am practice.  Acolatse and Greiss were the only Sharks there until 11, when McLaren ventured out.  Acolatse entertained us early with some subtle trick shots, and later Nolan gave Greiss some unrelenting grief.  I haven’t seen Greiss for a while, so I won’t make too much of that.  Like, I won’t hope Nolan ends up with some team more distant than the Canucks.  Well, maybe I’ll hope for that just a little bit.

Tuesday, Sharks far outnumbered visiting skaters.  Finally!  Tikhonov, Stuart, Nolan and Cheechoo were there again, but there was only one other visiting skater, and two extra goalies.

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SJ Sharks: Various Quotes, Reflections, Evaluations

From Dave Lozo at NHL.com, some thoughts from Joe Thornton:

Q: Are you feeling more relieved or excited about the Game 7 victory?

A: Satisfied. It’s satisfaction, yeah. We thought we’d win this game at home. We felt pretty good.

Q: Can you tell us the emotions you’ve gone through during this series?

A: Couple highs, couple lows. But really, this team all year—a lot of people here right now haven’t followed us—we’re pretty even-keeled all year. I think it just showed now. We went up 3-0 and didn’t panic (losing the last three games). We just came out and played. That’s what we did tonight.

Q: How nice was it to see Patrick Marleau get the game-winning goal?

 

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Sharks Advance to the Western Conference Finals—Video

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Patrick Marleau with the game winner. Video:

*boxscore graphic via Yahoo! Sports

Update 11:59pm ET: From TSN

San Jose avoided becoming the fourth NHL team to lose a series after winning the first three games. A franchise known for its playoff flops avoided a colossal one and now heads into its second straight Western Conference final. That series begins Sunday in Vancouver.

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Video- Sharks Postgame Reacts To Roenick’s Remark About Marleau

via David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Former Shark Jeremy Roenick, now a commentator for Versus, characterized Patrick Marleau’s performance as “gutless” and questioned his former teammate’s heart.

When it was suggested that Marleau might be injured, Roenick, who has criticized Marleau in the past as well, said: “Yeah, he’s hurt—right here,” circling his heart.

In my opinion, if you call a player gutless as Roenick did of Marleau, you better back it up with proof, which he did not.

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Marleau Hits 1000 Games Today

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau will play his 1,000th NHL game today against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona at 1 p.m. PST, becoming the first player in franchise history to play all 1,000 games in a Sharks uniform.  He will be recognized in a special ceremony prior to the Sharks home game at HP Pavilion Feb. 1, also against the Phoenix Coyotes.

        Marleau becomes the 257th player in NHL history and the sixth player this season to reach the 1,000 NHL game milestone (Sergei Gonchar, Ryan Smyth, Mike Grier, Craig Conroy and Ed Jovanovski). Dallas’ Jamie Langenbrunner is also scheduled to hit 1,000 games later today, making him the 258th player in history and seventh this season to accomplish the feat.

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Steve Mason Saved By The Throat Protector

Patrick Marleau rifled a shot which was stopped by Steve Mason’s throat protector.  It wasn’t too long ago that piece was not part of the goalie mask.

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Marleau Buys A Home

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Normally, I don’t bother chasing down every Internet rumor.

But today, with a lot of extra time on my hands and a little bit of information already stashed away, I decided to pursue those reports circulating that Patrick Marleau had sold his house in Saratoga and purchased one in Los Angeles –  and all that seems to imply as far as his future with the Sharks.

Here’s what I knew before any of this week’s chat-room buzz started: The Marleaus did buy a house this spring, but it was in the hills of Los Gatos, not Los Angeles. When I found that out last month, I really didn’t see it as a sign — one way or the other — as far as where he’d be playing next season.

Sure, it looks like a signal that he plans on staying with the Sharks.

But not necessarily…

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Choose One

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL is always rich in small debates that make the sport interesting. Currently, there are some debates around the NHL that are of a more serious nature — so I will choose my side.

Marleau or Kovalchuk: Ilya Kovalchuk will the most prominent free agent in the marketplace and there will be more suitors for him than I originally thought. But if you ask me whether the Los Angeles Kings are more likely to go after either Patrick Marleau or Kovalchuk, I might say Marleau. It’s expected that the Kings will pursue an elite-level forward and the presumption they will go after the dynamic, fan-pleasing Kovalchuk to put more people in the stands. But GM Dean Lombardi knows Marleau well from their days in San Jose. If the Kings chase a free-agent forward, I’m guessing Lombardi will give strong consideration to Marleau.

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A Motivated Marleau

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Speaking of Marleau, I floated the notion past Todd McLellan that his former captain actually seems faster, or maybe quicker this season than a year ago.

“I don’t know physically if he’s gotten bigger stronger, faster,” McLellan said. “I just think he’s a very determined individual right now — and that might make him a lot quicker than any of the work he did in the gym this summer.”

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Marleau Taking It A Day At A Time

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Back to Marleau and the reported trade on espn.com Thursday that had him shipped to Los Angeles in a three-way deal that brought Dany Heatley to San Jose.

Everybody else got caught up in it, but Marleau said he wasn’t worried. For one thing, he knew he hadn’t been asked to waive his no-trade clause and that would have to happen first.

“This last one, I got a lot of phone calls but I was just going about my business,” he said after this morning’s Captain’s Ice session. “I can’t worry about that other stuff. …. I know I’m going to know before it’s in the media.”

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Inaccurate Reporting

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

And in this morning’s (Wednesday) Toronto Sun, these two paragraphs appeared in a story focusing on trade talk:

“Another GM getting a lot of attention is San Jose’s Doug Wilson. Sources say he has gotten numerous calls about captain Patrick Marleau and centre Joe Thornton after a first-round exit from the playoffs, thanks to the Ducks.

“Wilson insisted he isn’t going to move either player, but he wants to make moves.”

Now what should get your attention is that part about Wilson insisting that Marleau will be playing for the Sharks next season. If true, that would be big hockey news in San Jose.

But I talked with Wilson this afternoon after he got home and he said the report is inaccurate. He said he never said that to anyone and, in fact, didn’t field any questions at all from the Sun reporter present, Ottawa-based Bruce Garrioch.

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Marleau Must Provide Leadership

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

This evening, as the Sharks attempt to even the series, Marleau must again be the impact player he was in the Game 3 victory two nights ago. As a leader, he also must help push the team’s collective thermostat up a notch higher.

But with the soft-spoken and even-keeled Marleau, there is always the question about whether he has the passion to spearhead a playoff charge. I think the passion simmers beneath the sunscreen. We’ll find out if I’m correct soon enough.

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Marleau Considered Day-to-Day

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The Sharks came from behind Saturday night to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 at HP Pavilion for a franchise-record 109 points — two more than the Detroit Red Wings in the battle for NHL supremacy with both teams having seven games to play.

But the victory could come at a price as center Patrick Marleau was injured late in the first period, tried a few shifts in the second and did not return.

“I just tweaked something in the lower body and that’s it, that’s all I can give you,” Marleau said after the game. “It was kind of a contact play, but not big contact.”

Coach Todd McLellan described Marleau as day to day, adding he probably would not be able to skate at today’s morning practice before the team leaves for a two-game trip to Calgary and Edmonton.

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Gauthier Deserves A Suspension?

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of an incident during NHL Game #870, Feb. 19 against the San Jose Sharks, the National Hockey League announced.

    Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Gauthier will forfeit $22,580.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

    Gauthier was assessed a minor for boarding after making contact with Sharks’ forward Patrick Marleau on an icing play at 10:14 of the third period. There was no injury as a result of the play.

note:  original post date was 8:07am today.

from Jamie Baker of the Broadcasters Blog at SanJoseSharks.com,

You have to love Todd McLellan’s response to other teams (Edmonton and LA) taking runs at some of the Sharks players. “”It’s hockey and it’s supposed to be rough. We can stand our ground and hold our own. We are a big team and we can stick up for ourselves.”

Denis Gauthier should get suspended for his intent to injure Patrick Marleau last night (Thursday). This will be interesting to see how the NHL determines disciplinary action when a player is not hurt, but it’s obvious the intent was there. Gauthier made no attempt to play the puck, which would have been an icing call. He kept two hands on his stick, his feet were wide and planted for a hit and his eyes never left Marleau. If that is not an attempt to injure I don’t know what is.

continue for more on Marleau and the Sharks and watch a video of the Gauthier hit below….

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Marleau Playing With Confidence

from Jim Wilkie of ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,

The new coach, who shares Saskatchewan roots with Marleau and has known his dad from when the Sharks captain played junior hockey in the WHL, has taken a patient approach with Marleau while he adapts to McLellan’s new system. So far at least, McLellan’s communication style has been a better motivator than the blunt criticism of former coach Ron Wilson, who was fired after last season’s second-round loss to the Stars.

“He just looks so strong and he has a lot of confidence,” Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News about Marleau. “You can tell. When you play with confidence the sky is the limit for guys like that.”

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Morning Line

“I think we need to give him some breathing room right now to see if the change is going to affect him positively or negatively. We’re going to find that out within the first month and from there we’ll have a plan which way to go from.

“I really believe Patty Marleau is going to have a really good year. I think he’s excited about a fresh start and we have to let that evolve a little bit. I can’t be in his kitchen on an hourly basis. We have to let him breathe and let him play his game.”

-Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Patrick Marleau.  More on Marleau by David Pollak at Working the Corners.

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Marleau Talk

from Working the Corners,

Rumors continue to circulate that Patrick Marleau (whose no-trade clause kicks in on July 1) could be involved in a package that would bring in the No. 6 overall pick from Columbus, which also holds the No. 19 overall selection. “Exploring everything” could fuel those rumors, but Wilson stuck to his overall no-comment policy.

“Any conversations I have are in confidence,” he reiterated. “We get a lot of calls.”

Wilson did shoot down the idea spelled out elsewhere in the hockey universe that Marleau’s availability is tied to San Jose’s ability to re-sign Brian Campbell, that the GM would be in a position where he had to trade Marleau for budgetary reasons.

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Don’t Move Marleau

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

One of the names most bandied about – as it seems to be year after year – is Sharks center Patrick Marleau.

While his rumored deal to Columbus makes perfect sense for the Blue Jackets –filling their No. 1 center role, allowing Derick Brassard to slide onto the second line – it would be a mistake for the Sharks to part with their captain, unless they received a deal that (pardon the pun) blows them out of the water.

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A Marleau Connection

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

New Sharks coach Todd McLellan hasn’t had much chance to get to know his players yet, but he and the father of one of them - captain Patrick Marleau - are well acquainted.

Both McLellan and the Marleaus come from Saskatchewan, but it’s a five-hour drive from the coach’s hometown of Melville to Aneroid, where the captain grew up. Aneroid, though, is only 90 minutes from Swift Current - a short hop by provincial standards - and that’s where McLellan connected with the Marleau family a decade ago.

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Marleau To Columbus Has No Legs

from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

The rumor over the weekend was Nikolai Zherdev, Dan Fritsche or Stefan Legein and the No. 19 pick to San Jose for Patrick Marleau. I spent most of Saturday pursuing this and was told by a handful of close-to-the-situation sources that there’s no truth to it, that the two clubs have not put together the framework of any specific trade as of yet. No names have been mentioned.

If there was merit to the rumor, I would have sparked up a blog immediately.

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Rumor:  Patrick Marleau to Columbus

From David Pollack at the ‘Working the Corners’ blog,

The drumbeat isn’t quieting down when it comes to those Patrick Marleau trade rumors.

In fact, the pace is picking up.

So let me add this to the mix: An NHL source — not connected with either team — advises that the Sharks and Columbus are indeed close to a deal. San Jose would send Marleau and another player (unspecified) to the Blue Jackets for their first-round draft pick — 6th overall in the NHL entry draft later this month — and right wing Nikolai Zherdev.

read on for Pollack’s analysis of the rumor

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Playoffs Will Be Key For Marleau

from Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times via Inside Bay Area,

We have seen over the past three weeks that Marleau still has jump in those 29-year-old legs, and that the Sharks are better off when he’s on top of his game. But there are bigger questions afoot that cannot be answered until the regular season ends, and the mission shifts from playoff positioning to legend making and legacy building.

Question No. 1: Speaking of interpretive data: Does Marleau rise to the level of competition, or does he shrink from it? In 2004, he scored seven goals as the Sharks defeated St. Louis and Colorado in the first two rounds of the playoffs. He was held to one goal and was a minus-5 in the conference final loss to Calgary.

In 2006, he scalded Nashville for seven goals as the Sharks won in five games. He scored two goals as they were eliminated by Edmonton.

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Could Marleau Help Columbus

via Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets’ desire for a No. 1 center is well-known, but the free-agent market is short on top-flight centers, so they might need to explore the trade route. Could the Jackets and Sharks be a match? Maybe. The Adam Foote deal gave the Jackets another first-round draft pick (assuming the Avs make the playoffs), so it’s possible they could package one pick with a good player or two and come out with someone to play next to Rick Nash.

Marleau, 28, has struggled this season, with 14 goals and 22 assists and a minus-16 rating, but his track record is impressive. He had 87 and 78 points the previous two seasons.

Do remember, Marleau has a NTC kick-in this summer, so he will have to approve any trade.

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