According to The Athletic, the Arizona Coyotes have spoken with the Toronto Maple Leafs about veteran winger Patrick Marleau.
Marleau who spent the first 19 years of his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks, is said to be eyeing a return to a western team and has notified the Maple Leafs of his wishes. He is entering his final year of a three-year deal that carries an annual cap hit of $6.25 million and a full no-movement clause.
“It sounds like Marleau and the Leafs are set to part ways,” said Nick Kypreos during the ‘Headlines’ segment of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. “The family is going to move back to San Jose. Patrick Marleau has made it clear to the Toronto Maple Leafs that he’d like to get closer to his family once again, which means moving to the west coast area.”
“Some of the teams that are in the mix – I’m told – are Arizona, Colorado [and] the Los Angeles Kings,” Kypreos continued. “Now everybody’s wondering ‘why the Los Angeles Kings?’ … There’d be no question that a type of deal that would have to involve taking on that contract would be, maybe, taking on a current roster player that the Leafs would have to give up, and maybe even retaining as much as maybe $1.5, $2 million.”
Marleau’s name surfaced in talks between the Leafs and the Kings earlier this week as well as Arizona who has a projected $8.61 million in cap space, with restricted free agents such as Josh Archibald, Nick Cousins, and Lawson Crouse in need of new deals. Veteran forwards Richard Panik and Mario Kempe are also set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
Patrick Marleau hasn’t missed a regular-season or playoff game for the Maple Leafs since joining the team ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.