Returning to San Jose on one-year deal

Thornton

Patrick Marleau is taking his talents to the city of Toronto.

The Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs are all still interested in Marleau, but the 37-year-old veteran forward is surely reluctant to move on from the place he's called home for the past 19 seasons.

The Sharks had reportedly offered Marleau a two-year contract, but the team was unwilling to add a third year after signing defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and goalie Martin Jones to contract extensions stretching into the next decade on Saturday.

The three-time All-Star is the franchise leader in goals, points and games played. The 37-year-old, who can play left wing or centre, posted 27 goals and 19 assists in 82 games last season, including the 500th goal his career; Marleau was just the 45th player in National Hockey League history to hit the mark.

While finalized numbers have yet to be released, it has been estimated that the one-year deal won't fall below $6 million total.

There is genuine uncertainty regarding Marleau from everyone I've talked to.

Marleau is also incredibly durable - he's missed just 31 games in his Sharks career, and hasn't missed a single one in the last four seasons.

I tend to think, too, that Thornton - despite turning 38 today - can put up better numbers than he did last season when he had seven goals and 43 assists.

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