NHL Free Agency: Why Patrick Marleau Isn’t the Answer for the Maple Leafs

May 23rd, 2010 by Ryan Fancey Leave a reply »
Now that the San Jose Sharks have been eliminated from the NHL playoffs, let the Patrick Marleau rumor train run wild.

Marleau, along with teammate Evgeni Nabokov, are both pending unrestricted free agents this summer, and will look to make some serious coin. They are used to it, after all.

Right now, Marleau has a cap hit of $6.3 million per year, and in free agency it’s really tough to call what type of cash he’ll be commanding. I know one thing though, 40-goal scorers who tally 83 points don’t come cheap.

Many Toronto Leafs fans have this guy pegged as a potential target for general manager Brian Burke when July 1 rolls around. I’ve also heard that Tornonto head coach Ron Wilson has stated that he’d like to have Marleau as a player on his team any day, but I don’t feel the same way.

Marleau turns 31 in September, and though he boasts major point production, he plays with arguably the best pure center in the league in Joe Thornton.

Yes, I know there’s a bunch of Thornton haters out there, but even they can’t deny his place as one of the top distributors in the NHL— 12 ...

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