Grading the Maple Leafs signing Patrick Marleau to a 3-year deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a major free agent addition as they signed 37-year old left winger Patrick Marleau to a 3-year/$18.75 million contract. Marleau had been with the San Jose Sharks ever since the team drafted him in 1997 and I was absolutely shocked that he didn’t stay with the Sharks for the rest of his career. Marleau decided to instead take the big offer from Toronto in order to likely finish his career with the Maple Leafs. Marleau isn’t the player that he was during his prime with the Sharks, but he is still a very productive 2nd line player as he had 27 goals for San Jose last season. The Maple Leafs had a very young roster heading into next season, so the veteran leadership of Marleau is a perfect fit for Toronto. Marleau is still a productive player, but he will be even more valuable to the team as a mentor to the talented young players on the roster like Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. It is really sad to see Marleau leave San Jose considering the impact that he had on that team over the years. However, the Maple Leafs just offered him a ton of money that he couldn’t refuse at this point in his career. Toronto definitely overpaid for Marleau, but this is is a good signing for the team overall and he will be a perfect fit on the 2nd line for the Maple Leafs.

Grade: B+

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