Sharks bring back Marleau on reported 1-year, $700K deal

Sharks Prospect of the Week: Vladislav Kotkov

Sharks will need a boost from Patrick Marleau as their miserable start drags on

Kotkov, 19, returned to the QMJHL from the Sharks" training camp last week, where he netted a pair of goals in the opening frame against Halifax on October 4 to lift the Saguenéens to a 4-1 win over the Mooseheads, earning himself "First Star of the Game.' He has now logged three points (3g, 0a) on the season in just two games played. He ranks second in assists with 574.

Marleau originally joined the Sharks as the No. 2 overall pick in 1997 and holds franchise records in goals (508), points (1,082) and games played (1,493).

But his $6.25 million annual average salary was too much for the cap-strapped Leafs, who traded him to Carolina.

Marleau is back in teal.

Wilson said he's seen Marleau skate, and he knows Marleau trained all summer. He helped the team reach the conference final four times in his career and the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, but never won it all.

Marleau came under criticism at the time of playoff disappointments but remained a fan favorite and was warmly welcomed back to the past two years as a visitor with Toronto.

"He's still got a lot of game in him", train Toronto teammateAuston Matthewssaid last month. "He's in unbelievable shape". San Jose only has scored one goal per game through its first few contests and the power play is a dismal 0-for-14. Every single year, both years he was in Toronto, he comes in flying. The team lost three forwards to free agency in the offseason: wingers Joonas Donskoi and Gustav Nyquist, and center Joe Pavelski, the team's captain who left a leadership void in the dressing room.

The San Jose Sharks have had a deal with a number of roster complications at the start of the regular season.

It was reported over the weekend that Patrick Marleau and his camp believe the veteran forward hasn't yet played his final National Hockey League game.

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