Patrick Marleau writes heartfelt note to BFFs Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner after trade to Hurricanes
After scoring a combined 43 goals in two full seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, longtime San Jose Shark Patrick Marleau is on the move again. The 39-year-old forward was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes along with a conditional first round pick (2020) and a seventh-round pick (2020) for a 2020 sixth-round pick.
The move was essentially a salary dump. The Leafs are in desperate need of cap space to sign several players including Mitch Marner. Marleau has one year remaining on a three-year, $18.75 contract that has an annual cap hit of $6.25 million. According to Bob McKenzie, the Hurricanes will try to convince Marleau to play for them. If he opts not to, they will buy him out allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. Marleau may also choose to retire.
Saturday morning, after the deal was completed, Marleau jumped on his wife’s Twitter — he doesn’t have social media himself — to thank fans and the Toronto organization. He also had a special message for Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.