Welcome home, Patrick Marleau.
After months of speculation and rumors, the Sharks agreed to bring the veteran forward back to the Bay, general manager Doug Wilson announced Tuesday before the Sharks' game against the Nashville Predators.
The deal reportedly is for one year, $700K, per TSN's Pierre LeBrun
One year, $700k for Marleau In San Jose. But of course he made some buyout money from Carolina.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 8, 2019
Marleau was drafted by the Sharks in 1997 and played the first 19 years of his career in teal before leaving for the Toronto Maple Leafs after the 2016-17 season.
During his first stint in San Jose, Marleau was an iconic presence on the ice, earning the nickname Mr. Shark while setting franchise records for goals (508), points (1,082), and games played (1,493) while donning the teal sweater.
After two years in Toronto, Marleau was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes this offseason and bought out, making him a free agent.
Rumors and whispers swirled all summer about Marleau's desire to return to San Jose, but the reunion never materialized as camp and the season approached.
After opening the season 0-3, it was clear the Sharks were in need of some help and now they hope Marleau can spark an early-season turnaround.
While Marleau's game has declined in recent years, he still will be one of the Sharks' best skaters. He's a flexible player, who can could be able to help on the penalty kill and as a threat on the power play.
It will take some time to tell whether or not Marleau can help solve some of the Sharks' glaring issues.
But for now, let the nostalgia flow.
Mr. Shark is home.