Patrick Marleau, Maple Leafs Agree on 3-Year, $18.75 Million Contract

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2017

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 16: Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Edmonton Oilers in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 16, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)
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After 19 years with the San Jose Sharks, Patrick Marleau will get a chance at a fresh start with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On Sunday, the Maple Leafs announced they signed the veteran center to a three-year deal with an annual average value of $6.25 million. Darren Dreger of TSN reported Marleau will make $8.5 million in the first year, $6 million in the second and $4.25 million in the third for a total of $18.75 million.

The 37-year-old has been Mr. Dependable throughout his career, playing every single game for the last eight seasons and never missing more than eight games in a year.

In that time, he has become the franchise leader with 508 goals, 1,082 points and 1,493 games played.

He ended last season fifth among active players in goals and 41st all time.

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While some players would consider retirement at his age, Marleau said in April he has "at least five good years in me, or maybe more," per Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.

"I still think I can contribute and play," he said, per Kurz. "Until I think I can't do that anymore, I'll cross that bridge when we get there."

Although Marleau has slowed down a bit in recent years, he was the Sharks' third-leading scorer this past season with 27 goals to go with 19 assists and a plus-four rating, his first positive mark in four years. Between that production and his veteran leadership, it's clear why the Maple Leafs would want him on their roster.

Marleau should immediately become a top contributor offensively while providing a big boost on and off the ice in Toronto.

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