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Patrick Marleau is now a Maple Leaf

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The soon to be 38-year-old winger has signed on in Toronto after 19 seasons in San Jose.

Toronto Maple Leafs v San Jose Sharks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Patrick Marleau, a left-shooting left winger, is 37. That’s the big knock against him, so let’s deal with it. He’ll be 38 before the season starts. Unlike anyone else on the team he was born in the seventies, and he is definitely in decline.

But unlike most players in the NHL, his declining years include 50 or so points per season and a positive relative Corsi while playing top nine minutes. He leaves the San Jose Sharks with a record of exemplary play and a lot of points. Over 1000 points, in fact and 500 goals. He has been there and done that, which is the upside to signing a guy his age.

This is where he shoots from:

Which is exactly how the Leafs play: In tight, or don’t bother.

He has played with the best of the best in San Jose, so he’s always on the ice with quality teammates, but he’s faced very average competition. He’s not been sheltered or used hard. Brent Burns plays a lot of minutes, so Marleau played with him a lot.

Marleau had very good shot differential results last year except, curiously, when he played with Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who is an excellent defensive defenceman. If that means that Marleau is really suited to playing with offensively focused players, well, the Leafs have a lot of those. He definitely gets his good percentages from the offensive side of the ledger. He is only just okay at shots against.

Marleau played some with Mikkel Boedker this past season, and he is nothing but speed and rush chances. They had high event success together, another good sign he might fit with the young, fast, go for broke Leafs.

The point of signing a man his age, who still has it but might lose it at any moment, seems to be to provide a temp fill-in for the potentially departing James van Riemsdyk. If van Riemsdyk stays, then the worst that’s happened is that a major upgrade over Zach Hyman has occurred for a few years.

Of course the decider is always term and price. For the right deal, almost any NHL player is a good get. Is this deal the right one?

That’s Lupul+ money, isn’t it? And it’s one year longer than I’d want to see. It makes me nervous, and I was so cool over the Zaitsev deal, I still have hypothermia.

It means the Leafs have three years to move van Riemsdyk for something tasty and to find a young, hot left wing to score goals.

And I’m still nervous.

Oh, and don’t let the French name fool you, Marleau is from Saskatchewan, so finally Mike Babcock has someone other than just Tyler Bozak who speaks his language. As many rumours have said, Babcock pushed hard for this deal to happen. I guess he’ll wear the egg on his face if it all blows up.

Patrick Marleau via Elite Prospects

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
1993-1994 Swift Current Legionnaires SMHL 53 72 95 167 -
1994-1995 Swift Current Legionnaires SMHL 31 30 22 52 18
1995-1996 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 72 32 42 74 22 Playoffs 5 3 4 7 4
Canada Western U17 WHC-17 - - - - -
1996-1997 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 71 51 74 125 37 Playoffs 15 7 16 23 12
Canada U18 Pacific Cup 5 3 3 6 8
1997-1998 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 13 19 32 14 Playoffs 5 0 1 1 0
1998-1999 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 21 24 45 24 Playoffs 6 2 1 3 4
Canada WC 7 1 2 3 0
1999-2000 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 17 23 40 36 Playoffs 5 1 1 2 2
2000-2001 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 25 27 52 22 Playoffs 6 2 0 2 4
Canada WC 7 2 3 5 4
2001-2002 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 21 23 44 40 Playoffs 12 6 5 11 6
2002-2003 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 28 29 57 33
Canada WC 9 0 4 4 4
2003-2004 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 28 29 57 24 Playoffs 17 8 4 12 6
2004-2005 Canada WC 9 2 2 4 4
2005-2006 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 34 52 86 26 Playoffs 11 9 5 14 8
2006-2007 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 32 46 78 33 Playoffs 11 3 3 6 2
2007-2008 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 19 29 48 33 Playoffs 13 4 4 8 2
2008-2009 San Jose Sharks NHL 76 38 33 71 18 Playoffs 6 2 1 3 8
2009-2010 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 44 39 83 22 Playoffs 14 8 5 13 8
Canada OG 7 2 3 5 0
2010-2011 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 37 36 73 16 Playoffs 18 7 6 13 9
2011-2012 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 30 34 64 26 Playoffs 5 0 0 0 4
2012-2013 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 17 14 31 24 Playoffs 11 5 3 8 2
2013-2014 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 33 37 70 18 Playoffs 7 3 4 7 2
Canada OG 6 0 4 4 2
2014-2015 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 19 38 57 12
2015-2016 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 25 23 48 10 Playoffs 24 5 8 13 8
2016-2017 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 27 19 46 28 Playoffs 6 3 1 4 0

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Okay, how scared does the money and term make you?

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  • 14%
    I ran out into the street and yelled!
    (290 votes)
  • 38%
    It’s fine, it’ll be fine. Do you smell smoke?
    (802 votes)
  • 34%
    Goals cost money.
    (713 votes)
  • 12%
    None of this is real, what are you talking about?
    (259 votes)
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