Patrick Marleau is the San Jose Sharks all-time leader in almost every statistic imaginable. He is the player who has represented the franchise, from the skill and talent to the questioned drive and leadership to the low level of success.
That last one is not really even accurate.
Patty struggled in his first four playoff appearances. But since those were all before his 23rd birthday, I give them no credence.
After that, he either led or was within a goal and a point of the team lead in every playoffs but 2007 and 2009. No one did well in 2009, and while that is when a leader steps up and scores, Patty had given no trouble after having the "C" ripped from his sweater the year before because he was not the right player to lead the team.
That does not mean he is not worth keeping. But because like the franchise, his success is never quite enough.
San Jose has won more series than any other franchise but the Detroit Red Wings, dating back before the lockout. Those two teams and the Philadelphia Flyers are the only three to have three conference final appearances in that time.
But the Sharks are the only team in the three without a conference title. In fact, San Jose has won just three games in that round. After Marleau was held off the score sheet while the Sharks were dispatched in five games this April, the question on the mind of every follower of the Sharks is, "Will Patty be San Jose next fall?"
Here is my analysis of what he brings to the table, good or bad, and what to do moving forward...