June 1, 2019 | 11:32pm ET
MARLEAU’S TIME IN TORONTO COMING TO END?
Patrick Marleau, left wing
It appears the writing is on the wall and Patrick Marleau’s tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs is going to be short lived, as the two sides seem focused on a trade to the Western Conference.
Marleau, 39, has one-year left on his contract, which comes with a $6.25 million salary cap hit. However, he is due a $3 million signing bonus, which is believed to be payable July 1, and his salary is just $1.25 million.
On Friday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reported the Leafs had spoken with the Los Angeles Kings about Marleau, but a deal is not imminent.
During Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported the Kings, Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche are among the teams interested in Marleau.
Kypreos also reported Marleau’s family will return to San Jose and Marleau’s desire is to play the final year of his contract closer to home.
Marleau has a full no-movement clause and would have to approve any deal the Leafs try to make.
The Leafs could retain a portion of Marleau’s contract, to lower the cap hit, or teams may prefer to wait until after his bonus has been paid out by Toronto before acquiring him. It’s possible the Leafs add a piece in a deal to take on Marleau’s full cap hit, as well.
In 82 games with the Leafs this season, Marleau registered 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points, the lower point total over a full season of his career since his rookie season in 1997-98 with the Sharks.