The Arizona Coyotes might be looking to sign Patrick Marleau, according to a report from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.
The 39-year old winger was hoping to sign with the San Jose Sharks after having his contract bought out by Carolina earlier this offseason, but Simmons says that's not going to happen.
“After being traded by the Leafs and bought out by Carolina, Patrick Marleau figured he would go home and return to the San Jose Sharks," Simons wrote last week.
"Well, that’s not happening. Sharks don’t want him. Apparently, Arizona does, but Marleau may not want to play there."
Other reports have said, however, if Marleau would be unable to return to San Jose, he'd be open to signing with another team with a close proximity to his San Jose home. By process of elimination on the proximate teams, Arizona and Colorado seem to be the only ones that make sense.
Vegas is just adjusting to it’s cap situation this summer, while Los Angeles and Anaheim are in the midst of a rebuilding phase where a veteran winger won’t help them in their goals.
Here are just a few reasons why both parties would benefit Marleau headed to the Valley of the Sun:
- Arizona is just exiting their “rebuild” and is moving towards a competitive upcoming season. They have a lot of youth on the team that could benefit from Marleau’s father-like leadership that he used to help guys like Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and Auston Matthews grow in Toronto.
- Out of the two plausible teams (Arizona and Colorado), Arizona is closer to his home in San Jose. It’s about a 1⁄2 hour (give-or-take) faster flight-time and about 500 miles driving distance closer.
- Marleau can hang out at the Matthews residence in Scottsdale whenever he wants... (wink wink)
What do you think Coyotes fans? Would you like to see Marleau in Glendale for 2019?