According to a report from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, the long-awaited reunion between the San Jose Sharks and their former icon Patrick Marleau may have to wait until after the forward retires.
After being traded by the Leafs and bought out by Carolina, Patrick Marleau figured he would go home and return to the San Jose Sharks. Well, that’s not happening. Sharks don’t want him. Apparently, Arizona does, but Marleau may not want to play there.
Per Simmons, although Marleau had his heart set on a return to the Tank for the 2019-20 season after requesting a trade from the Maple Leafs and a subsequent buyout from the Hurricanes, the Sharks did not view him as part of the team’s future. And although the Coyotes still appear to want him, it is not at all certain that Marleau would sign with them.
Back in late June, Marleau and his agent Pat Brisson openly stated to Pierre Lebrun of the Athletic that his preferred destination was San Jose.