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Patrick Marleau fights Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa in the Western Conference Finals.
Notice I didn't mention him when I said the Sharks stars need to show up when it matters. That's because if the Sharks want to win, Patrick Marleau can't be there.
This is a combination of the Sharks needing cap room to fill in gaping defensive holes and also because Marleau is a perfect example of lacking consistency and effort.
After failing to put up any points in the first six games against Detroit, Jeremy Roenick was asked if he believed Marleau was playing hurt, to which Roenick responded "Yes," while gesturing towards his heart. Whether you like JR or not, he made a fair assessment of Marleau's play.
The situation right now is that, with a cap increase to $62 million, the Sharks will have just $11 million to sign six forwards and two defenders. Moving Marleau could fill some of those holes while dumping his $6.9 million salary.
Furthermore, the move could open the door for the Sharks to sign a high-profile defensive free agent like James Wisniewski, or they could trade Marleau for a restricted free agent like Zach Bogosian.
Regardless of how they figure it out, trading Patrick Marleau will be difficult considering his no-movement clause, but it's a necessary task in the Sharks' quest for the Cup.