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@TFPnews: San Jose Sharks :: Sharks itching to deal Marleau

The San Jose Sharks would welcome the opportunity of trading veteran forward Patrick Marleau in an attempt to reshape their roster and shed some salary.

Marleau, 32, has two-years remaining on his contract at an annual salary cap hit of $6.9 million.

The three-time All-Star owns a no-movement clause and would have to approve any trade the Sharks try to complete, though sources tell TFP the team is actively looking to deal him.

It's unclear if the Sharks have recently communicated their desire with Marleau, who registered 30 goals and 34 assists for 64 points in 80 games with San Jose this past season.

The Sharks would undoubtedly have to take back significant salary in return, though their main goal is to create some extra cap space and add other assets to their roster.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson has been in talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets about captain Rick Nash, though Marleau would not be part of those discussions.

The Sharks are believed to be dangling a package of players for Nash, including such plays as Ryane Clowe, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and Tomas Hertl, who was drafted 17th overall by the Sharks in this month's NHL Draft.

Wilson maintains that he will not part with Logan Couture.

Marleau, meanwhile, has experienced an up-and-down career in San Jose, primarily in the public eye, and a change of scenery could be welcomed.

A deal is not believed to be imminent, though the Sharks will continue to field calls and make their own regarding Marleau.

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Imagine the salary the Sharks would have to take back for us to get...and they would have to need a goalie. On top, there would have to be a NTC waived to go there. Luongo, Ballard, Raymond for Marleau would be the only way the Canucks could make it work and still go with the possible plans for tomorrow. Not ever happening!!!

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finally...thats exactly what they need and its what i expected

so many teams will look at him because he has good size, great speed and he can play center or wing

first domino - parise

second domino - nash

third domino - ryan

fourth domino - marleau?

its gonna be a bumpy ride!!!!

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He would be a good fit on the Canucks. If Gillis strikes out in free agency, and it becomes apparent that a trade is the best way to address the team's needs, dealing for Marleau might become appealing. Marleau would be an excellent replacement for Kesler while Kesler is injured, and Marleau could then slide to the wing upon Kesler's return. Marleau's speed, size, goal scoring ability and versatility would make him an excellent fit in our top-6.

Assuming he won't be putting up 30+ goals and 80+ points next year, Marleau is a bit overpaid. But his contract is for only two more years, so it likely wouldn't handcuff Gillis long-term. San Jose might have to take Booth or Ballard to make it work.

Nonetheless, I don't really see it happening. Other teams are in greater need of a player like Marleau and would likely be willing to give up better assets while demanding the Sharks take on less salary in return.

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Lu + Kesler to SJ for Marleau + Burns? Roughly equal salary being exchanged

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian

Booth - Marleau - Higgins

Hansen - ? - Burrows

Malhotra - Lapierre - Bitz

Edler - Burns

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Garrison - Tanev

Ballard, Salo

Schneider

Lack

Maybe also try and get Clowe out of them somehow for a blockbuster? Would address all our holes (legit huge top 4 Dman, solid second liner - can play wing if we still want more of a playmaker, and if we can nab Clowe our 3rd line looks like a beast)

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