Patrick Marleau on the verge of signing new NHL contract

Things are heating up according to NHL insider Pierre LeBrun!

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It seems like we could be on the verge of seeing veteran forward Patrick Marleau back on NHL ice shortly! 

NHL insider Pierre LeBrun of TSN tweeted on Tuesday that a few teams have reached out to the 39-year-old and his representatives, including the San Jose Sharks.

And it makes sense for San Jose: the Sharks have started the season and are quite banged-up, posting a record 0-3 at the start of the 2019-20 campaign… 

This is what former Sharks teammate Joe Thornton had to say about Marleau still being unsigned, from team insider Kevin Kurz of The Athletic: 

“He should be playing somewhere. I expect he’ll be somewhere soon. He skates with us in the summer and he’s still the best skater on the ice.

Fans would love to see a reunion between the Sharks and Marleau, who was originally drafted by the Sharks in 1997 and played 19 seasons in San Jose before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as an unrestricted free agent in 2017.

The 40-year-old posted 16 goals and a total of 37 points in 82 regular season games last season with the Leafs. He also played in seven playoff games, tallying two points. He was later traded to the Hurricanes, and Carolina bought out the final season of his three-year $18.75 million contract.

Marleau has 551 goals and 1,166 points in 1,657 career NHL games. In 191 career playoff games, he has 72 goals and 127 points.

And we want more!