Yesterday, longtime San Jose Shark Patrick Marleau signed a three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, thus ending his 19-year tenure in the Bay area.
The contract has a $6.25 million AAV over each year for a total payout of $18.75 million and contains a no-movement clause. Not too bad for a guy turning 38 in September.
It seems pretty clear that Marleau wants to win a Cup now and just didn’t see it happening with the Sharks, since he’s spent his entire 19-year career in San Jose and has only been to the Final once. Being offered the chance to play alongside Auston Matthews and mentor a great young team at that AAV probably appealed to him and he took it. Can’t even blame the guy, it sounds like a pretty sweet setup.
It was rumored that San Jose was offering Marleau a two-year contract at a higher payment, but they wouldn’t extend beyond that, which may have been a factor in his decision. He’s still got great legs and has unnatural speed for a 37-year old, but you have to understand that he’s going to want to get as long a contract as possible and avoid a possible Shane Doan-type of situation (i.e. playing the last couple seasons of your career on one-year contracts).
Marleau leaves the club holding franchise records for games, goals and points and is second in assists.*
P.S. Thanks for all the memories Patty, we’re gonna miss you
*Stats taken from ESPN