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MARLEAU WAS WILLING TO BE MOVED, WITH CONDITIONS

APR 13, 2021  (14H16)      COOPER GODIN
With the NHL's trade deadline in the rearview mirror, news usually come up regarding players who didn't get moved, but were close to, or we find out which teams were in on certain players. One player that opted to stay with his current club is 23-year NHL veteran Patrick Marleau.

According to a source familiar with the situation, "Marleau instructed his agent that unless it was a true contender, he preferred to remain with the Sharks who are still not out of the playoff race," Kevin Kurz of The Athletic said in a tweet after the deadline.

Marleau is likely coming to the end of his NHL career, and he's accomplished a lot in his career, especially at the international level. With Canada, he's won two Olympic Gold medals (2010 & 2014), two World Championship gold medals (2003 & 2004), as well as one World Championship silver medal (2005).

One trophy has eluded Marleau throughout his career, that being the Stanley Cup. The closest he got was in 2016, before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. The Sharks also lost in the Western Conference Final in 2004, 2010 and 2011 during Marleau's time with the organization.

Despite having a below .500 record, sitting at 18-19-4, the Sharks are only four points back of the St. Louis Blues for the final playoff spot in the Honda West Division. It's possible that because the Sharks are still in the race for the playoffs, it made Marleau's decision to stay an easy one. Had the Sharks been further out of a spot, there's a good chance he would have gone to a contender.

The 41-year-old is also closing in on Gordie Howe's games played record, only three back of tying, and four back off passing the Red Wings legend. If all goes as planned, he will overtake Howe's record on Monday, April 19th against the Vegas Golden Knights.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
52283967
MITCH MARNER
54204767
PATRICK KANE
+2
55155166
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
50402565
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
ALEX DEBRINCAT
+2
51312354
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 9, 2021 G A PTS
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
1 2 3
MATTHEW TKACHUK
1 2 3
ALEX DEBRINCAT
2 - 2
MARK GIORDANO
1 1 2
BRANDON HAGEL
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
- 2 2
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 - 1
DILLON DUBE
1 - 1
MACKENZIE ENTWISTLE
1 - 1
DENIS GURIANOV
1 - 1
  COMPLETE RESULTS