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Marleau not ready to decide on future with Sharks

May 25, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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Marleau.jpgAs James covered yesterday, the San Jose Sharks have some very
difficult decisions to make this summer. With so many of their players
scheduled to hit free agency this summer, there is perhaps no more
important player the team needs to make a decision on than Patrick
Marleau. Of course, Marleau himself has a decision to make as well: does
he want to stay in San Jose?

From
David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News
, it’s not something that
Marleau is in a hurry to decide on:


“There’s lots of time to
think about that,” Marleau said. “We love San Jose. We’ll see how every
thing works out.”

Marleau has been with this team
longer than every other player on the Sharks — with the exception of
Evgeni Nabokov — and has been there for every single postseason
disappointment since 2004, the last time the Sharks lost in the
Conference finals.

Is Marleau ready to move on to another team
with perhaps a brighter future? The Sharks have allowed an incredible
amount of great chances to pass them by in the past six seasons, and
have personified postseason disappointment for this generation in
hockey.

This past season was likely the last true chance the
Sharks had, after trading for Dany Heatley and with a bit of rebuilding
ahead of them. Marleau can stay, hoping that perhaps the Sharks can
somehow find the answer for why they fail each postseason, while there
are a number of teams with higher ceilings out there willing to pay for
his services.

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