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Marleau on waiving his no-movement clause: “I’m not at that bridge”

Jul 7, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

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After last season’s playoff disappointment in losing to St. Louis, the San Jose Sharks could use a spark this offseason. Patrick Marleau was a major non-factor in that playoff disaster being held pointless in the five-game series and rumors are floating around about him being moved.

David Pollak of the Mercury News asked if he would entertain the thought of waiving his no-movement clause for the right deal. Marleau’s mind isn’t quite there yet.

At the end of the season, I asked Marleau if he might be willing to waive whatever no-movement clause he has in his contract if Doug Wilson approached him with a possible trade partner.

“We’ll cross that bridge if it ever comes up,” Marleau said, leaving a little wiggle room.

I decided it was time for a follow-up call, reached Marleau, reminded him of his earlier response and asked if the issue has come up this week.

“I’m not at that bridge,” was his stick-to-the-metaphor response.

Oh Patrick, you jokester.

Marleau’s earned a reputation for disappearing in the postseason through his career and you could say he’s the face of the franchise when it comes to always falling short of the Stanley Cup. That said, his regular season production remains top-notch and he’s 32 years-old. If the Sharks are going to move him, they might be doing so at their own peril.

  1. sergeikremlin - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I don’t understand where the “Marleau disappears in the playoffs” stigma comes from. He’s been arguably their most reliable goal scorer in recent playoffs. Just because he has one off-year doesn’t mean he should get this rep.

    10-11 – Leads Sharks with 7 goals.
    09-10 – Second on team with 8 goals.
    08-09 – Led team with 2 goals.
    07-08 – Second on team with 4 goals.

    If he deserves criticism in the playoffs, the last place is goal scoring or putting up points. It’s his plus/minus and perceived compete level.

    • finfan88shark - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      0 goals 0 points 11-12

      10-11 He actually tied for the team lead with 7 goals, he was tied with Couture, and Setoguchi to be accurate. And both those players combined made less money then Marleau. Additionally Marleau was 5th in pts scored that year.

      09-10 Was a -3 with 8 goals, 1 behind Pavelski who made a lot less then Marleau

      • bcjim - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Textbook grasping.

        Im no particular fan of PM or the SJS but his rep exists because the team has a poor playoff history recently.

        Of course Setoguchi and Couture made less, Couture was on an ELC, duh.

  2. blomfeld - Jul 7, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    “Marleau’s earned a reputation for disappearing in the postseason” ? …

    Well so have the Sharks ! … I remember going to the Shark’s first ever game against the Canucks here in Vancouver back in ’91 … they had this highly touted guy called Pat Faloon or something ? … and back then just like today, for some reason they can’t capitalize on their full potential ? … if it were any other team, then no big deal … but the Sharks are an excellent team which has been loaded with studs for years ? … and they should have had “multiple” Stanley Cup Championships by now … I just don’t get it ? … nonetheless, I wish them all the best regardless …

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Patty has to go. However that’s not going to happen.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    If anyone watched this guy play for years on end you’d understand why he gets bashed so much. He’s heartless and emotionless. His goals never come timely. He never steps up his game. He’s a regular season player period. He’s not a winner and never will be. I want a player that has heart, desire, passion, and will not settle for regular season points for a reputation as being successful.

    • dreadpiratesteve - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Couldn’t put it better. It is time for a culture change in SJ. I personally know of three season ticket holders who said they will not re-up for next season if Marleau remains a Shark. This team, as it is built now, will not win a Stanley Cup. And this is coming from a die hard Sharks fan.

  5. bleedingteal4life - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I think it’s time for him to go. He’s sitting comfortably knowing that whether or not he shows up for optional skates, scores goals, or gives 50% percent as opposed to thornton’s 110% he gives for every game, he won’t have to face any consequences other than a bad article about him in the news. Get someone new who shows they want to be there and make an effort.

  6. letsgosjsharks - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Lets remember who even got us to the playoffs——->Marleau

  7. bleedingteal4life - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    I wouldn’t say he got them there. He helped, but they weren’t there because of him.

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