After 19 years with the Sharks, Patrick Marleau is on the move. Following the news, Doug Wilson and the former Shark issued statements.
"Patrick has been a pillar of this franchise since he was drafted as a 17-year-old in 1997, and has become one of the elite players in our team's history," said Wilson. "He owns nearly every offensive record in Sharks history, scored some big goals for our team and helped shape San Jose into a true hockey city. While we were hoping he would choose to return to San Jose, we wish him the absolute best and want to thank Patrick, his wife Christina, and their children Landon, Brody, Jagger and Caleb for their time in San Jose, a place he has called home for nearly two decades."
"Since June of 1997, San Jose has been my home, where my dreams of becoming an NHL player came true when I was drafted. During the last 20 years, I have had the unprecedented forture to continue to play for this organization, make life time friendships, work with the best training staff, met my wife and started our family, and play in front of incredible, enthusiastic fans. San Jose will always be my home, where my children will grow up, and the Sharks will always hold a very special place in my heart.
I have always felt appreciated and supported by everyone here, and I want to think you all - everyone of the teammates I've had, Doug Wilson and everyone in the Sharks organization, training staff, current and past coaching staff, Hasso and all of the other past and present owners of the team, fans, friends and people in this wonderful community. Without every single one of you I would not have the career I have had so far, and I know that.
You all have my deepest respect and admiration.
Marleau signed a three-year deal worth $18.75 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, ending his nearly two-decade run with the Sharks.