Elliotte Friedman reports that Patrick Marleau will pursue NHL options outside of the Sharks, as there currently is not a fit with his former team.
It is believed Marleau would prefer a team in the area of the Sharks for family reasons. The Kings were a rumored destination in June, perhaps that will pick up again.
The internet speculation involving Sharks veteran forward Patrick Marleau and the Montreal Canadiens continues.
The Sharks are supposedly seeking two roster players and a top prospect in return. There’s no proof to the validity of the rumors, but any deal involving Marleau would require him to waive his no-trade clause, which he has repeatedly said he’s not willing to do.
Unless he has a change of heart, there will be no deal to Montreal or any team for that matter. The only way I envision Marleau agreeing to a trade is if the Sharks struggle during the season and the player’s relationship with the team deteriorates further.
Kevin Kurz of CSN tweeted that both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau will return to the San Jose Sharks this year, despite talk that they were both available for trade.
Both players have been important pieces of the team for many years and they are still productive. Trade rumors involving the two surfaced after a lackluster playoff series where the team blew a commanding 3-0 lead against the Los Angeles Kings.
After a disappointing playoffs, a trend that has been a frequent occurrence in San Jose, it is believed that GM Doug Wilson is looking to make big changes and these changes could be in the form of a trade that involves Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau.
According to Kevin Kurz of csnbayarea.com, “General manager Doug Wilson has already indicated there will be some significant changes to the current roster, and while many believe that to mean Joe Thornton and/or Patrick Marleau will be leaving town, Wilson could very well opt to change his team’s look in the crease, too.”
He also believes that Ryan Miller would make a lot of sense if they were to trade Antti Niemi. “Maybe he needs a change of scenery, as he was unable to handle a push from Alex Stalock, who simply played better than Niemi in the second half of the season. Niemi never found that consistency he enjoyed in the shortened 2013 campaign, perhaps contemplating his security as the undisputed starter,” added Kurz.
Expect big changes to occur out of San Jose. Their management is tired of the lackluster results and it is time that they move on from a core that has become synonymous with losing.