Patrick Marleau set to make emotional return to Sharks’ lineup


CHICAGO — Among the attributes Patrick Marleau was known for in his nearly two-decade tenure as a member of the Sharks — besides his consistency and his professionalism — was his unflappable nature.

Never got too high, or too low — or at least it seemed that way in public view.

Marleau admitted that wasn’t necessarily the case earlier this week when he got a phone call from Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, welcoming him back to the team he became synonymous with during a 19-season run in which he set almost every one of the franchise’s individual offensive records.

“The supporting cast that I had kept me grounded and kept me patient, and I couldn’t be more happy to be back here and be a Shark again,” Marleau said Wednesday after he finished his first practice back with the team.

“The emotion I felt when that phone call came from Doug was just overwhelming, and just very grateful to be back. Just want to help the team as much as I can.”

Marleau officially signed a one-year contract with the Sharks on Wednesday, and will be in the lineup Thursday — dressing for his 789th consecutive game — against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Sharks are still looking for their first win after four straight regulation time losses.

Marleau is the franchise leader in points (1,082), goals (508), power-play goals (160), game-winning goals (98) and games played (1,493).

It doesn’t appear as if Marleau — now in his 22nd season — will have time to ease his way back in, as he skated on the Sharks’ top line with Logan Couture and Timo Meier in Wednesday’s practice, and was also on the team’s second power play unit with Joe Thornton, among others.

“Hopefully I can help them out,” said Marleau, who averaged 16 minutes and 21 seconds of …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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