Patrick Marleau: Toronto Maple Leaf

Mr. San Jose Shark Patrick Marleau is now a Toronto Maple Leaf. Mike Babcock knows him well, having coached him to gold medals in 2010 and 2014. Marleau has had a stellar career and is as durable as they come. Clearly the Leafs are trying to win now.

But it's not all good. Marleau's so old, he was born in the 70s! And he didn't come cheap. His three-year contract is worth an annual average of $6.25 million. Oh, and he has a no-trade clause, so you can understand why some Leaf fans are concerned.

This Leafs fan is fine with the deal. We gave up no prospects, no draft picks, just cap money we had available. For three years we can watch Marleau play with the kids. And remember, we had a better regular season last year than the Predators, so anything can happen!


Go Leafs go!

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I hope I'm wrong but I think the signing was a mistake. He has been on a steady decline with a good team. His point production has been going steadily down and so is his speed.

Great for leadership especially with a young team though.

Just hope the salary commitment doesn't hurt us if his production continues to decline.

July 3, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

Urooj Islam

I agree with Rob J, he will provide solid leadership until the eventual buyout of his contract but he has not been an effective player in a few years.

Also, I know it's apples and oranges with the different revenue the sports generate and the level of the cap but it's funny to say Marleau got too much at slightly over $6 million on a day where two other Toronto athletes got over $20 million a season and one of them got over $30 million a season.

July 3, 2017 @ 12:51 PM


It's a bold and shrewd signing.
Marleau's a smart adaptable player, depending on how he's deployed, and who he plays with, he'll have no problem figuring out where to be, when to be there or how to get there.
He never looked out of place playing with either Thornton or Couture with the Sharks, same to be said playing as Crosby's LW on Team Canada, 3 very different elite players.
He'll play up and down lines: LW on Matthew's line, Mariner's C, and probably some time as Kadri's LW.

Shrewd in that his 1st year with the Leafs is his most expensive, $8.5 million. If he stays a second season it's $6 million. His 3rd year is a reasonable $4.5 million. No doubt if the Leafs decide to move him, maybe not year 2, but probably more likely in year 3, he is attractive because the Leafs will already have paid a large portion of his salary which makes him an affordable rental to another contending team.

PM also clearly makes one of Bozak or JVR, expendable.
One of them will be included in a trade package to acquire that coveted top 4 d-man.

The next question about PM joining the Leafs involves Connor Brown, current "wearer" of #12.
No doubt someone will be in CB's ear about relinquishing #12 to PM.

July 3, 2017 @ 3:18 PM

Rob J

Please note that 'Rob' is not 'Rob J'. I'm not a Leaf fan, and therefore I have no subjective opinion on that team's moves.

July 3, 2017 @ 4:29 PM


Don't like this signing at all. 37 now & 38 during next season. 3 yrs with avg. of 6.25M/yr & also no trade clause? Thortan & Couture padded his #'s in SJ last few years. May have leadership qualities but so did Brian Boyle & Matt Martin.
The Habs will be floundering next year with #1 goalie, no defense & no scoring forwards. Traded for Druion for a lot of commodities. He is not the savior next year.
Carey may have to play on 3rd or 4th line. Habs lost a lot of players the last week. Radulov, see you back in KHL after next year in Dallas.
Cheryl your team is in worse now than last year, Good Luck. Coyotes may be better than the Habs next year.
Season over for Jays IMO.

July 3, 2017 @ 5:48 PM


Nathan Horton is now the 2nd highest paid Leaf behind Marleau. Can't see this as a good move as Marleau might slow the team down on the ice.

July 3, 2017 @ 8:03 PM


Where's Lupol & Robidas as still on Cap for 2017.
Baggin' cash living the high life I'm sure.

July 3, 2017 @ 8:51 PM


Not too sure about this signing.

July 4, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

It's easy to dislike this signing, and normal to be concerned, because we're a young up-and-coming team and Marleau is past his prime.

But for me it all comes down to the fact we didn't give up a prospect or draft pick - just money for three years. And the money is weighted so it's much higher next season than it will be in season 3. So it's just cap space we're not using - and Marleau is still an effective, durable and versatile player.

So I'm okay with it.

July 4, 2017 @ 10:32 AM

James Edgar

This seems like a relatively low risk move. with some potential for a big upside if Marleau can be a mentor to the youngsters.

Here's a signing I think will be much worse Yakapov by Colorado. As a former #1 pick he's really not panned out at all. I don't know if he was ruined by the Oilers as I've seen written in a few places or he's just a dud.

July 5, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

Mel Preston

I actually love the signing! He is still a great skater with good speed. Scored 27 goals last year. I can imagine him with Matthews and Nylander and what a dangerous line they they'd be. Highly unlikely he ever plays the 3rd year of that contract - with signing bonuses - he'll have been paid $17.5 of the $18.75 Million after the second season - so it's really just a 2 year contract and Lou finds a way to put him on LTIR for the final season so Leafs can use the cap space for the kids who'll need to be paid then. Really low risk and high reward. Can't wait for next season!

July 5, 2017 @ 1:32 PM

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