PatrickMarleau will make his season launching when the San Jose Sharks play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday (8: 30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NBCSCH, NBCSCA, NHL.TV).
The forward, who signed a 1 year agreement with the Sharks, will enter his 22 nd NHL season. Marleau played his very first 19 NHL seasons with San Jose prior to signing a three-year, $1875 million agreement (typical yearly worth $6.25 million) with the Toronto Maple Leafs as an unlimited complimentary representative July 2, 2017.
“I’m very happy to be back,”Marleau stated Wednesday in Chicago after he experimented the Sharks for the very first time. “I’ve been training and skating around the Bay Area. It’s been an interesting time to say the least.”
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The40- year-old has actually not played given that the 2019 Eastern Conference First Round, when he had 2 helps for the Maple Leafs in a seven-game loss to the Boston Bruins.
“It will be good to get out there and use the adrenaline to my advantage,” he stated. “To get the first skate today was good for me and to get the morning skate tomorrow.”
Marleau, who skated on the leading line with LoganCouture and TimoMeier in practice, has the second-longest active games-played streak in the NHL at 788, behind Florida Panthers defenseman KeithYandle, who played in his 800 th straight video gameTuesday Marleau’s streak started April 9, 2009.
“He still skates really well,”Sharks coach Peter DeBoer stated. “He’s a big man, he knows how to play. I have no doubt he can help us on the ice and off the ice. He’s a class act. He’s a quality guy. He’s been a leader here, he’s been a captain in the League. I think he’s welcome on all fronts.”
Marleau’s return ought to improve the Sharks (0-4-0), who connected the worst start in their history; they likewise started the 1993-94 season with 4 straight losses.
“Today was a good day to see Patty and he put some smiles on a lot of faces around here,”Sharks forward Logan Couture stated. “Obviously losing four in a row, it’s not fun here coming to the rink, and you’re disappointed in the way you played. Hopefully he adds some energy to our team tomorrow and we play well.”
OnJune 27, Marleau had the last season of his Maple Leafs agreement purchased out by the Carolina Hurricanes, making him an unlimited complimentary representative. Carolina gotten Marleau in a trade from Toronto on June 22 with a conditional first-round NHL Draft choice and a seventh-round choice in the 2020 NHL Draft for a sixth-round choice in 2020.
MapleLeafs coach Mike Babcock texted Marleau on Tuesday and stated he enjoyed that he’ll stay in the NHL.
“I’m glad it’s all worked out for him,”Babcock stated. “It probably took a little longer than he wanted, but he said last night his wife and kids were real happy. As we all know anybody who has a wife and kids, that’s a real important thing. Patty wants to keep playing past this year as well, so we wish him luck.”
Selected by San Jose with theNo 2 choice in the 1997 NHL Draft, Marleau has 1,166 points (551 objectives, 615 helps) in 1,657 NHL video games and 127 points (72 objectives, 55 helps) in 191 Stanley Cup Playoff video games.
He is the Sharks leader in video games played (1,493), objectives (508) and points (1,082).
“There’s a lot of work to do, a lot to prove again to myself and to everybody who’s supported me,”Marleau stated. “Now is the time to get the work boots on, go out on the ice and help the team.”
NHL.com personnel author Tracey Myers and independent reporter Dave McCarthy contributed