Patrick Marleau and Wade Redden have been two pleasant surprises for hockey fans in San Jose and St. Louis, respectively.
Marleau is perhaps the most polarizing player in the Bay Area. Sharks fans either think he is an uber-talented underachiever or an over-criticized superstar.
After years of enduring the wrath of former teammate Jeremy Roenick and other disgruntled fans, Marleau has responded by scoring at least two goals in four consecutive games, a feat that has not been accomplished since Cy Denneny did it for the original Ottawa Senators in 1917-18.
As long as the 33-year-old Marleau stays healthy this year, he’s in for a special season.
Moving from the West Coast to the Gateway to the West, Wade Redden has found his game in St. Louis. In what appeared to be an unexplainable move, the Blues signed Redden, a superstar in Ottawa that spent most of his six-year, $39 million contract with the Rangers in the minor leagues.
The Blueshirts cut him loose before the season began and the Blues swooped in and nabbed him off the bargain bin on a one-year, $800,000 contract.
Fair to say, they’ve gotten their money’s worth so far.