After rumors that Patrick Marleau could return to the South Bay were ultimately shut down, the franchise's all-time goals and points leader is re-joining the Sharks, the team announced Tuesday afternoon ahead of their game against the Nashville Predators.
Marleau originally joined the Sharks as the No. 2 overall pick in 1997 and holds franchise records in goals (508), points (1,082) and games played (1,493).
While Marleau was a key to San Jose's offense through 19 seasons, he's coming off a down season with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he scored 37 points, his fewest since a 31-point campaign during the truncated 2012-13 season.
Wilson said the Sharks remain committed to integrating their young players into the organization.
He became an unrestricted free agent after he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes and bought out by the team.
That all changed following the rough start for San Jose, and now Marleau is back in teal. "While we have a lot of depth, this is an opportunity to add a veteran into our group to give us some veteran depth that's versatile, understands how we play, and is very accepting of the role that [coach] Pete DeBoer may need on different nights". "He's in unbelievable shape". The Aneroid, Sask. native is also San Jose's first - and only - player to score 500 goals with the team and is one of just 11 players to reach the 1,600 game mark. Every single year, both years he was in Toronto, he comes in flying. Off to a rocky start, the Sharks are hoping the three-time All-Star will be able to suit up as early as this weekend.
Earlier in the day, Joe Thornton - who is now no longer the only 40-year-old on the roster - spoke about how Marleau is still more than capable of playing at the National Hockey League level.