September 4, 2019 | 4:05pm ET
SHARKS NOT A FIT FOR MARLEAU
Patrick Marleau, left wing
The San Jose Sharks are expected to re-sign veteran star forward Joe Thornton to a one-year contract at some point this month, but his long-time former teammate Patrick Marleau won’t be returning to Northern California to play alongside him this season.
Marleau, who turns 40 on Sept. 15, remains an unrestricted free agent but is weighing multiple options, sources have told TFP.
Marleau was bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes after being traded there from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 22.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Marleau’s agent Pat Brisson confirmed there isn’t a “fit” between the team and player and that he’s exploring alternative playing scenarios for this coming season.
It’s unclear, at this point, which teams are in the mix for Marleau’s services or what type of contract he’s looking for.
Checked in today with Pat Brisson, who represents Patrick Marleau. Brisson said the fit is not there at this time between Marleau and the Sharks. The winger very much wants to play, and will pursue other NHL opportunities.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 4, 2019
Marleau hasn’t made less than $6.25 million as an annual salary since 2007-08 when he earned $4.167 million, though his next salary will likely hover around $3 million to $4 million.
In 1,657 career NHL regular-season games with the Sharks and Maple Leafs, Marleau has accumulated 551 goals and 615 assists for 1,116 points.