According to reports, not only are the San Jose Sharks considering moving Joe Thornton, they are also considering moving forward and alternate captain Patrick Marleau. The Washington Capitals have been looking for a good linemate for Alex Ovechkin for quite some time. Could Marleau be the guy who the Capitals have been searching for?
Patrick Marleau: The Good
Patrick Marleau is a very reliable forward. You can pencil him in for 60 points a season. He’s hard to account for on offense because not only is he a great shooter, he’s also a great passer.
Not only is Marleau productive on paper, his advanced statistics suggest that he’s a productive player as well. His Fenwick is always above 50% and recently, his zone start percentage has been going down. What does that mean? He’s been trusted more on defense.
Marleau could be considered a special teams ace. He spends significant time not just on the power play, but also on the penalty kill. He contributes at even strength, on power plays, and on penalty kills. He plays a two-way game.
Patrick Marleau: The Bad
Patrick Marleau is 34 years old. While age has not slowed him down yet, it’s only a matter of time before his age catches up to him. There’s also the issue of his contract. His cap hit is $6,900,000 and he’s under contract for three more seasons. Not only that, he also has a no movement clause. He’d have to OK any trade.
Patrick Marleau sure wouldn’t be cheap. However, I think a Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson for Marleau trade would be beneficial for both sides, though obviously Marleau and Brouwer would both have to approve the trade. I think a draft pick might have to be thrown in there somewhere.
I think Patrick Marleau would be a great fit for the Capitals. He’s the type of player that could have a lot of success under Barry Trotz. However, the big question is if the Capitals believe that he is worth the price.