Despite not showing up in the playoffs this year, I have no problem keeping Patrick Marleau on the Sharks. Great skater, good defensive player, and he's scored as many goals over the last few years as all but a few.
If we can get fair value for him I wouldn't mind, but selling low on him would be a mistake.
6.9 mil and how many points did he have in the playoffs?
To be fair, we only played 5 games, and we only scored 8 goals in 5 games total. Yes he should have got on the board somehow, but the system the Sharks were playing was absolutely pathetic (as noted by many, many analysts) and Marleau seemed to be one of the guys most effected by this.
Historically he's been one of our best playoff guys, this year it's tough to blame any individual player when the coach clearly had no idea how to counter the Blues system.
Please waive Patty - You'd be a perfect fit & we'd love to have you in Buffalo!!!
LW Thomas Vanek ($7.143M)
C Derek Roy ($4M)
2012 1st RND pick (NSH)
2012 2nd RND pick (BUF)
LW Patrick Marleau ($6.9M)
C/W Joe Pavelski ($4M)
We trade Patty it will be for VERY high picks and top prospects, not veteran players and high first rounders.
Otherwise why do it? Vanek and Roy do not make us better. We are not rebuilding (that's been made clear). Frankly, unless someone wants him desperatly enough to send a top-5 1st back, I wouldn't even consider it. Patty, as others have said above, is not the problem. His year is a symptom of terrible coaching and a terrible system.
Marleau is definitely overpaid, but there are two points to consider.
1. Trading him will not make the sharks better now or in the future
2. He is generally one of the better playoff guys on the team, obviously not always, but he has had great PO moments too.
Also he is the only guy who I think has a chance to retire a lifetime shark, and he probably would if that were his choice.
I say let him play out the contract, but then try to resign him for cheap. I just don't like trading away the most important player in the history of your franchise as some knee-jerk move to allocate 1.5 million extra of capspace somewhere else.
I've been a huge critic of Marleau before, but anyone can just come here and say "OMG he sux trd his a$s!!1!"
Sorry to blow your mind, but it's not that simple.