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Patrick Marleau selling Toronto house amid Maple Leafs trade rumors


Patrick Marleau selling Toronto house amid Maple Leafs trade rumors

The possibility of Patrick Marleau playing for a third NHL team next season seems even realer.

The Maple Leafs winger is selling his Toronto home amid rumors the Original Six franchise is seeking to trade the former Sharks captain, the Toronto Star reported Thursday.

The massive six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home is listed at $11.888 million, and includes an in-ground pool and the backyard rink Marleau built for his four sons for Christmas during his first season in Toronto.

After spending the first 19 seasons of his NHL career in San Jose, the No. 2 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract. Marleau developed a close relationship with young Toronto stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, but the 39-year-old scored the second-fewest points of his career (37) in an 82-game season in 2018-19.

With the Maple Leafs needing salary-cap space in order to re-sign Marner and their pending restricted free agents, Marleau's $6.25 million hit has kept his name in the rumor mill since Toronto was eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in May.

Marleau is owed $4.25 million in salary, $3 million of which comes in a signing bonus paid out in two installments, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported last month. That makes Marleau's deal conceivably movable, but the veteran has a no-movement clause in his contract and would be able to decide his destination.

Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported last week that Marleau was willing to waive the clause, and that he wants to play closer to the West Coast with his wife and three children moving back to San Jose.

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The Athletic's James Mirtle wrote Monday that he was told the Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche weren't interested "at this time," and the Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes would want an additional player or pick in exchange for taking on Marleau's contract. The Leafs can retain up to 50 percent of Marleau's contract in a trade, but an ensuing $3.125 million cap hit still might be too rich for some teams' tastes. 

But with Marleau's home now on the market, it seems like the longest-tenured player in Sharks history will have a new home sooner rather than later.

NHL rumors: Maple Leafs, LA Kings have talked Patrick Marleau trade


NHL rumors: Maple Leafs, LA Kings have talked Patrick Marleau trade

There could be a Sharks reunion in the works for Patrick Marleau, just not in San Jose. 

The Los Angeles Kings hired former Sharks coach Todd McLellan on April 16. Fewer than two months later, the Kings reportedly are interested in reuniting McLellan with one of his former stars. 

Marleau could be packing his bags and coming back to the West Coast. The Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs have talked about a potential trade regarding Marleau, The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun reported Friday. 

Marleau, 39, had a rough year in his second season with the Maple Leafs. The center scored just 37 points, which is his lowest since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. And his 16 goals were the lowest he's scored in a full season since his rookie year. 

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This could get tricky for the two teams, though. Marleau does have a no-trade clause and can ultimately decide his future. 

But Marleau did play seven of his 19 seasons in San Jose under McLellan. There's reason to believe he would waive his no-trade clause and soon become a rival of the Sharks.

Auston Matthews' Patrick Marleau jersey is signed by Sharks, going to charity


Auston Matthews' Patrick Marleau jersey is signed by Sharks, going to charity

SAN JOSE -- Auston Matthews didn’t win 2019 NHL All-Star MVP honors, but he won over Sharks fans simply by wearing a jersey.

Those same fans will like what the Toronto Maple Leafs star plans to do with the Patrick Marleau No. 12 sweater that he donned during Friday’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition at SAP Center.

“I got the Sharks guys to sign it,” Matthews said Saturday at the NHL All-Star Game, “and I think we're going to auction it off for the Leafs Foundation and raise some money.”

Those “Sharks guys” are Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns, who posed for a picture with Matthews on the ice while he wore the Marleau sweater. Marleau spent 19 years in San Jose and perhaps is the most beloved figure in franchise history, despite leaving for Toronto two years ago.

Matthews’ decision to recognize Marleau, who didn’t make the NHL All-Star roster, in such fitting fashion made memories for both the Leafs star and the fans in attendance.

“I was expecting some sort of reception, but nothing like that,” Matthews said of the roaring ovation the SAP crowd gave him after he pulled off his No. 34 jersey to reveal Marleau’s No. 12. “And like I said yesterday, it really struck me inside, and I got so nervous for the accuracy shooting that I just butchered the whole thing.

“I think that's also a testament to just Patty himself, and what the people and fans think of him here, and all that he brought for this organization and this city. … It was a pretty special moment to be a part of.”

Maybe that autographed Marleau jersey will become a special memento for a lucky Sharks fan, too.