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Marleau: ‘I want to play in San Jose’

Jun 23, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton AP

The possibility of change, including some of their veteran core players, has gripped hold of the San Jose Sharks for a while, ever since another playoff failure earlier this spring.

The term ‘rebuild’ has been thrown around, with San Jose general manager Doug Wilson recently saying the Sharks are a “tomorrow team.” With his client’s future in San Jose up for debate, Joe Thornton‘s agent said the towering center, about to enter a three-year deal worth a cap hit of $6.75 million per season, only wants to play for the Sharks.

Now it’s Patrick Marleau‘s turn to make a similar statement. Marleau, 34 years of age and about to enter a three-year deal with a cap hit of $6,666,667 million, has played his entire NHL career in San Jose.

“I want to play in San Jose,” Marleau told Nicholas Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports. “I want to win there.”

The Sharks had a chance to win this past season. They finished the season with 111 points, fourth in the overall Western Conference standings, and had the L.A. Kings on the ropes in the opening round, up three-games-to-none on the eventual Stanley Cup champions before the collapse.

The Sharks had experienced playoff failure before. This was of epic, historical proportion.

“I look at it as what I have to do as a player, what we have to do. Obviously it’s a big kick in the gut,” Marleau told Yahoo Sports.

“You have to get refocused, come back even that much more motivated in the off-season training and for next year, and I think we’re going to learn a lot about a lot of players coming back this next year after losing the way we did.”

  1. lowenni - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    You know if they wanted to make room for younger players to step in and develop I could understand wanting to move Thornton or Marleau, but I don’t know if I agree with the whole supposed bad vibe coming from the Sharks locker room or the sense of complacency. Marleau and Thornton have both been Sharks a real long time and they’ve both stated they want to play for the Sharks, and only the Sharks. I do think they want to win there. I’m not saying they shouldn’t be held accountable for some the lack of success (relatively speaking, they have made the playoffs year after year…), but I don’t think they’re really hurting the team. Thornton is a good captain and Marleau has been a Shark his entire career. If they want to move one of them for a young blue chip prospect that’s one thing but I think the roster has just been missing a few pieces to push them over the edge. Maybe they just haven’t been a championship caliber team, like the Caps–just because a team has a few stars and makes the playoffs consistently doesn’t mean they should be Cup contenders every year. It falls on the general managers shoulders to find the pieces that will push this team, a team that I think can still be very competitive, over the edge. Marleau and Thornton want to play in San Jose, and that isn’t cancerous to the team, it’s a good example.

    • faulkingallstar - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:32 AM

      Right, its the gms fault his team is up 3-0 and blows the series… that’s obviously a character flaw with the team and this was the deepest team we’ve ever had. 3rd liner James Shepard had 6 pts and was +3, Hertl 5 pts, Nieto 5 pts. Hertl and Nieto playing in the first nhl playoffs of their career. Joe Thornton? 3 pts and -6. Their depth players were the ONLY ones producing in the final 3 games. I don’t know if any of u guys commenting actually follow or watch the sharks, but this choke is all the sharks main guys fault. They had the depth, secondary scoring, productive 3rd and Jumbo blew it again. Once again showing no accountability in the interviews after the game, and once again taking no responsibility. Couture, who wasn’t as bad as thornton but still only had 3pts and had only his first sub par playoffs in his young career took responsibility for losing the series and you can just tell he hates losing. Joe is just accustomed to it now, and will just continue to disappear when it matters most. And I believe Marleau and Thornton want live in SJ more than they want to play there. Im sorry but a team that is consistently one of the top reg. season teams and always find the most ridiculous way possible to lose in the playoffs, is on the players, not the gm.

      • gp424 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Deepest team we’ve ever had? NO! Deepest team we have ever had since you joined the bandwagon maybe.

    • gp424 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Why would either of the softies Marleau or Thornton want to leave SJ. An adoring fan base that accepts failure. A clueless owner and equally clueless General manager. A local media who has zero clue about hockey, so why would they want to leave. They have it easy in SJ. You think either of these two softies want anything to do with being in a Canadian market or anyplace back east?

    • skr213 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      They aren’t missing any pieces. They are missing leadership on the ice that plays like losing is the worst thing in the world. They’re missing leadership on the ice that plays with an intensity that borders on being an a–hole. They’re missing leadership on the ice that will stop at absolutely nothing to shove that g-d damn Cup up into the air. They’re missing leadership on the ice that is willing to get gritty and dirty (for real, not just some fake fights for show like Zen Joe has done a few times). If Zen Joe and/or Worried-Eyebrows Marleau can actually get mad and get intense and start hating losing more than anything else on earth, then great. Otherwise, please move on and let the next generation of Sharks take over.

    • gottawin11111 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      i think its unexceptable the amount of money thornton and marluea make every year to be choke artists, EVERY YEAR!!!! they don’t know how to brake up a defense like what the kings did, i would have got rid of them YEARS ago if i was in charge, i can’t stand them, they make me believe i can play hockey in the nhl i am 29 and never played ice hockey… HORRIBLE

  2. 49faithful - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Really I can’t blame either one. They signed contracts to stay and for less money, it’s Wilson that needs to go and he knows that. He is trying to save his job by forcing others out. I was shocked coach didn’t get the the blame like another former coach did… What was his name again hmmm I think it was something like Sutter

    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:24 AM

      Actually, Dean Lombardi fired Darryl Sutter in 2002 before being fired himself in 2003.

      Lombardi then hired Darryl Sutter a decade later in Los Angeles.

      The only Head Coach Doug Wilson has fired is Ron Wilson.

      • 49faithful - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        Thanks for the correction. My mistake.

    • gp424 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Wish my job would give me a raise and call it “Less money” and that my job also gave me the opportunity to decide whether I wanted to stay or leave despite how productive I might be.

    • faulkingallstar - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      How is the the gms fault a 3-0 lead was blown? It wasn’t doug wilsons fault marleau and joe got 0 pts in the final 4 games

      • 49faithful - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        The GM gave them the contracts to stay with the no trade clause. Don’t give bad contracts then turn around and expect them to agree to a trade when they gave a home town discount to remain in SJ.

  3. 33to22 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    I want to play in San Jose, too.

  4. blomfeld - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    GOOD, THEN PLAY THERE YOU GOOF !!!

  5. canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    So the Sharks are promising substantial change but bringing back Wilson, McLellan, Thornton, and Marleau?

    Ok then.

    Only dumping Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat isn’t going to be enough to get the Sharks a different result in 2014-15 and beyond.

    • faulkingallstar - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:33 AM

      Oh well it beats being a canucks fan I guess…

      • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:16 AM

        New President.

        New General Manager.

        New Head Coach.

        Pending Kesler trade that could land the Canucks several quality young assets (and perhaps Anaheim’s 10th Overall Pick in the 2014 NHL Draft).

        6th Overall Pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

        Canucks strongly in play to trade for the 1st Overall Pick in the 2014 NHL Draft with Florida and an opportunity to draft Vancouver’s Sam Reinhart.

        Actually, being a Canucks fan is quite exciting right now.

      • pirovash88 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Correct me if i’m wrong, but i don’t think the Canucks have ever dropped a 3-0 Series lead.

      • skr213 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Yes, the Canucks made greater changes. They also sucked this season. If we sucked that bad maybe more changes would have taken place. Stupid comparison.

  6. sjtorpitt - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Who said they’re bringing back both players? Just Bc they said they want to play there doesn’t mean they won’t get moved.
    Also hiring a new coach every year while degrading the roster won’t get you anywhere too.

    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:18 AM

      Marleau and Thornton have NO MOVEMENT CLAUSES in their contracts. In other words, if they don’t want to leave San Jose, there is nothing the Sharks can do save for trying to get them to change their minds.

    • skr213 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      ^ said a guy with ZERO GM knowledge. Here are various options to spur a player to waive their no movement clause: (1) we’re going to strip you of your letters and play you on the 4th line if you don’t waive the no-movement, (2) we’re going to buy you out if you don’t move (you might think “oh sweet”, or even (3) go with the carrot instead of the stick and find a few teams that they actually would be excited about moving to (e.g. rumor is that Zen Joe is open to moving to the Rangers).

  7. ronniethec - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    What should be moved is the team. To Seattle. The Seattle Sea Fish. Nice ring to it.

    • desertfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:51 AM

      Get serious- this is one of the best supported teams in the NHL- move ED, Cal, Ott, or the Peg??

      • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:37 AM

        How about Phoenix (oh wait, Arizona)?

  8. sjsharks66 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Says the guys who’s team took 44+ years to win a cup. Even with the greatest player in the league on the team. Good thing they didn’t move THAT team after all the years of let down.

    Enjoy your 2 championships and stop worrying about San Jose, ;)

    • kingsfan93 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:30 AM

      SJSHARKS66- Even if it took the Kings 44+ years to win the Stanley Cup. There are a lot more teams in sports that have waited longer. It is all about the ownership, management, and coach staff putting in the work to make it happen. Unfortunately for the Kings they have had real bad ownership and management over the majority of years. Up until the late 90s and up until now, so far, it has been only getting better, if not there already.

      Plus, it’s amazing when you have unbelievable fan base here in Los Angeles to support the Kings through thick and thin. It shows us LA Kings fans our true colors.

      Us Kings fans will indeed enjoy our 2 Stanley Cup Championships out of 3yrs that the Kings have won BECAUSE IT’S THE CUP…..plus, the LA Kings are King of Cali, too.

      Go Kings Go!!!

      • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:34 AM

        40 years isn’t a long wait for a championship.

        Signed Canucks, Cubs, Clippers fans and the City of Cleveland.

      • kc114 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:11 AM

        To put things in perspective there’s 30 teams in the league with a hard salary cap that levels the playing field. That means any given team is only supposed to win once every 30 years.

    • gp424 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      It there team 44 years to win a cup, but not to come within 1 win of winning a cup. and not 44 years to win a conference championship? And who cares if it took 44 years for them. How does that make you happy as a Sharks fan? It took Anaheim how many years? Tampa Bay how many years? Are you proud of the fact that despite being the preseason favorites to win the cup many times (Im not sure LA every was a preseason favorite) the Sharks have never even played one single game in the Final cup series. Are you proud of the fact that the Sharks have never even raised a Conference Championship banner?

      And tell us what is your answer to the disaster that occurred this years in the playoffs. Are for the “Status Quo” like Doug Wilson. Keeping the same coaches, players and hoping for different results (insanity) or are you for real changes?

  9. ronniethec - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    “Beat L.A.” Oh, wait. That didn’t work.
    GKG!

  10. pone27 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    This whole Sharks thing makes me laugh.

    The Sharks are a top 5 team in the NHL. So they caught a bad rut and lost 4 straight. Unfortunately, that happens to teams whether its pre-season, regular season, or playoffs.

    I am not saying that that is acceptable or anything, but to blow the roster up by getting rid of Thornton and Marleau is stupid. The two guys are the top in the NHL, year in and year out. To try to move them is absurd.

    I like the Boyle move. Guy is old and wants a lot of money. He is replaceable.

    I like the Havlat move. Guy has a pretty deep salary, and has played at most half of a season the past 3 seasons. He is replaceable.

    Thornton. Oh yeah, only finishes in upper tier of the league in assists every season. Yeah, lets ditch him.

    Marleau. Oh yeah, only a perennial 30+ goal scorer who almost averages a point a game every season. Yeah, lets try to ditch him too.

    SMH. Wake up media/Wilson.

    • gp424 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      A top 5 team really? Fantastic so do win something for being in the top 5? Ribbons? Pins?

      Explain how trading one player is blowing up a roster? Stop with the PR spin?

      Boyle was not the problem. In fact Boyle’s corsi stats were better then Demers, and Brauns.

      What Havlat move are you talking about? Last I looked he is still on the team. Has he been bought out? No.

      Thornton 1300 Games played top 5 (means something to you) currently in games played with 0 Cup final appearances. I sense an award coming.

      Marleau See Thornton on all categories.

      • pone27 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        When you are talking about moving a player like Thornton or Marleau, you are blowing up the roster. Those are your two best players. So yes, when you are talking about moving one of them, you are.

        Never said Boyle was a problem. Ill say what I said again: He is old, and wants a lot of money. Time to move on.

        What Havlat move am I talking about? If you are a Sharks fan, you are beginning to disappoint me. I am not even a Sharks fan, and I can tell you that Wilson didn’t buy out Havlat because he wants to trade him. Read the news.

        To conclude, you are telling me that you don’t want the Sharks to be a top 5 team? You want the Sharks to move Marleau or Thornton for draft picks (hence, blow up the team,) because no one is going to trade the Sharks players of their caliber in return and in turn make them go into a rebuild phase?

        Come on man.

  11. gohawks7 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    From what I can tell the Sharks and their fans are going to be asking the same questions 12 months from now. The same questions that have been asked year after year….but nothing is done to solve the problem.

    Their 2 leaders are not pressure players….don’t want any part of it. Their numbers say it all. In the regular season, or in the first few games of a playoff series….they are great. But when the chips are down these 2 disappear. It’s a fact…the numbers over many years show that. It’s the reason Boston cut ties with Thornton…7 games, 0 pts, -7 (or -6). They saw the deer in the headlights look and they knew he wasn’t mentally built for the playoffs.

    Pro or Amateur…a small % thrive on pressure. The Sharks don’t have any of those guys. I thought Pavelski had hope….but now I doubt it. Couture hasn’t shown much during pressure situations. I think Hertl has a chance…he has that cocky/confident attitude that is needed. But PM and JT are not the answer to win a bunch of game 6’s and 7’s. That should be clearly evident by management and fans….who don’t wear tear colored glasses….and have been watching hockey since the Seals.

    Anyone who has played sports, pro, college, rec league, whatever, knows there are guys who fold under pressure (they pop out with 2 on and down a run in the bottom of the 7th in fast pitch rec league, they double fault on match point, they throw up a brick with the clock winding down, they shoot the puck into the goalie’s chest, or don’t shoot at all, etc, etc). Then, there are guys who want to be in that situation and come through time and time again. These are the guys the Sharks are missing. The Kings won 3 road game 7’s….they have 4-5 guys who rise to the top when faced with that pressure. They don’t panic…their intensity rises…they think clearly. The Sharks need some of those types of guys. The regular season is NOT the playoffs. Playing with their tails between their legs, low intensity, panicking, not taking good shots, taking perimeter shots instead of going to the net…those are all signs of not being able to handle the pressure. And unless something is done to get rid of the 2 most obvious offenders….we will all be here asking the same questions next year.

  12. canada2014gold - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    It’s not one of the most supported teams. Their fans only show up if tickets are at rock bottom prices. They LOSE money every year

    • skr213 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Don’t make stupid comments if you don’t know what you’re talking about. Sharks tix are 12th most expensive in the league. Dumb–s. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fjlg45mhf/12-san-jose-sharks-avg-price-150-65/

  13. mpson89 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    “Now it’s Patrick Marleau‘s turn to make a similar statement. Marleau, 34 years of age and about to enter a three-year deal with a cap hit of $6,666,667 million, has played his entire NHL career in San Jose.”

    So Patrick Marleau’s cap hit is $6.67 trillion? Good luck rebuilding around that lol

  14. sjsharks66 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Oh please! Spare us the Kings fan base bs. I’ve seen this bandwagon grow in the past 3 years. People down here still know nothing about hockey. Too busy buying stickers and flags for their cars. Been to bars in LA during the playoffs and there were more Sharks fans than Kings fans. They only care when they win.

    There are some real Kings fans im sure. The majority are not real fans. At least San Jose sells out every game even after their playoff collapses. They are not being moved anywhere.

  15. pj608 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    One will stay and one will go… In my opinion. Thorton will go and Marleau will stay. San Jose is a team built on speed and they want draft picks, They arent going to spend 13+ million on these 2 players especially when they can get someone as big and Joe and a guy with Joes shot. 2 for the price of one if not less. Marleau still has pep in his step. Watch for Jumbo joe to be traded for a few picks.

  16. gohawks7 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    I love how most the comments are saying how great Joe and Patty are. Nobody is saying they are bad players. They just are not playoff performers. So how many years will it take for them to be the scape goats until it finally hits home that regardless of how great they are in the regular season….the Sharks will always be a playoff failure if they are depending on those two?

    Forget the no-trade contracts….that’s just so the Sharks don’t trade them to Buffalo. They will approve a trade if it is to a good team/market. Neither of them would want to play in SJ if they aren’t wanted.

    The phrase, what is the definition of insanity, is pertinent here. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    • pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:52 AM

      Either of these two guys would gain a ton of interest from other teams no doubt. and like you said they just arent playoff material any more. Like i said earlier i think Joe will be traded and Marleau will stay. He fits the system they have grown in to. They are looking to build around Couture now. Not Thorton and Marleau any more. They had their chance, now its time to move on. Would you pay 2 2nd line players 13 million dollars? I sure hope not.

  17. easez1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Every contender in the western conference wants Jumbo and Patty to stay with the Sharks.

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