The Toronto Maple Leafs have added another veteran free agent to their roster, signing forward Patrick Marleau to a three-year deal worth $18.75 million.
Patrick Marleau signed a 3-year deal that includes a no-move clause on Sunday evening.
The 37-year-old, who can play left wing or centre, posted 27 goals and 19 assists in 82 games last season, including the 500th goal his career; Marleau was just the 45th player in NHL history to hit the mark. It was Marleau’s lowest point total in a full season played since 2001-02. The Saskatchewan native has played 1493 regular season games in his career, and 177 more in the postseason.
After being drafted 2nd overall by the San Jose Sharks in 1997, Marleau had spent the entirety of his 19-year NHL career with the Sharks. He captained the team from midway through the 2003-2004 season until he was stripped of the C by then-head coach Todd McLellan in 2009. He was named a temporary alternate captain later that year when newly appointed captain Rob Blake was injured.
Marleau is familiar with Leafs head coach Mike Babcock from their time as player and coach at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, where they won gold for Canada on both occasions.