San Jose Sharks: Why Resigning Patrick Marleau Is a Must

May 28th, 2010 by Nick Burger Leave a reply »
Here we are again.

The San Jose Sharks' season has ended and the rumor mills have begun to oscillate. It went by fast, didn't it? It seems like just yesterday that we were hearing the words "trade" and "overhaul" in regards to San Jose's roster.

Well, that time of year is upon us again, and the usual suspects are involved in the rumors and off-season speculation.

Sharing center stage are goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and forward Patrick Marleau—two lifelong Sharks.

Whether or not these two will be back remains to be seen. But one thing is certain in my mind: resigning Patrick Marleau is a must.

The obvious reason is the fact that Marleau followed up a career year in 2008-09 with another career year this season. The former captain potted 44 goals, which kept him relevant in the Rocket Richard Trophy race all season long.

"Patty" also had eight goals and 13 points in 14 playoff games this postseason. After three rounds, that goal total ties him for third in the playoffs. The noise made by Marleau's critics has dropped several decibel levels since ending his best, most clutch playoff perform ...

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