It is official now: Patrick Marleau is back in the NHL after agreeing to a one-year, $700K contract with his former team the San Jose Sharks.
Earlier today, NHL insider Pierre LeBrun of TSN tweeted that a few teams had reached out to the 39-year-old and his representatives, including the Sharks.
San Jose has started the season and are quite banged-up, posting a record 0-3 at the start of the 2019-20 campaign and they certainly hope Marleau can come out to help.
Fans will 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.