Marleau Coming Home?

According to various sources and reports, the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs are coming very close to making a fairly substantial trade. It would consist of Patrick Marleau and a draft pick going to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle and a young forward. Possibly Alex Steen or Matt Stajan.

The San Jose Sharks would like to get Mats Sundin, but they know Mats Sundin wants to remain a Maple Leaf at this point and will re-evaluate how he feels come the trade deadline. If he does in fact retire at the end of this season, Marleau would be a great replacement in TO.

Look to see how this progresses because both teams are being very aggressive to get this trade done.

210 Responses to Marleau Coming Home?

  1. leafy says:

    Boston 2, Toronto 1

    The frustrating thing with the Leafs is that they don't always play with a sense of urgency until they're behind the 8-ball.

    On Saturday, it wasn't until Boston turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead when the Leafs started to skate a little.  Clearly the Leafs cherry pick which games they want to show up for a full 60 minutes.

    Outstanding game by Antropov once again, especially in the defensive zone when under pressure.  He always seems to make the right play.

    A general comment: The Boston game showed that the Leafs could use another high scoring winger to play on the 1st or 2nd line.  When playing against disciplined teams like Boston, the Leafs get shut down quite easily.  They can't seem to skill their way out of strong defensive coverage.  The goals for stat is a bit misleading in my view.

  2. 40grulingyears says:

    I wouldnt want the Leafs to grab Marleau, and ur offer just makes the Leafs a worse team. If i wereto trade for Marleau i would trade 1 for 1, and wouldnt give up your bestpuck moving defenceman in Kaberle. And if San Jose didnt like it, welll too bad for them.

  3. Gamble says:

    Well seeing as how he would instantly become San Jose's best defenseman, I'd say he'd play wherever he wanted.

  4. 92-93 says:

    well lets just say that its not really the message that bothers me (Steen very well could be a bust – i have never ever disallowed that possibility), but its the medium in which is conveyed that has always bothered me (the tone, etc.).

    needless to say, i havent really bothered to even read any of your responses to my comments because i think you and i both can agree that its pointless at this point. the fact of the matter is that you can be a totally cool person to talk with in the real world, but its just in this online world the impression is incredibly different to me.
    as for the streak, no question – there is a false sense among some that the Leafs are much closer to those ahead of them in the standings (and around them) – teams like Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, NYR – then they actually  are.
    over time these teams will seperate themselves from the Leafs. right now some leaf fans look at the standings and think that this team is in the thick of it. my point – and i am sure you will agree – is that the standings are incredibly unreliable. a better indicator is the leafs' on-ice play which has been terribly inconsistent and sometimes downright awful.
  5. 92-93 says:

    thats a solid question.

    some nights he looks like a top-6 forward capable of consistently putting up 60+ points a season AND being sound in his own end.
    other nights he is invisible and seems 'doomed' to be a 3rd liner.
    that is my assessment IN A VACUUM.
    in context (re: age 23, 3rd season in NHL, playing a checking line role, etc), i would definitely see him developing into a top-6 forward who is effective at both ends of the rink, and will consistently display a tremendous amount of skills and periodically appear on highlight reels (the 'star player' description is a little too vague for me)
  6. 92-93 says:

    so to sum up, instead of actually reading, internalizing my sincere advice to you, youre response is: "i know you are but who am i?"

  7. 92-93 says:

    sarcasm or even hyberbole doesnt automatically = immaturity.

    just like using a 'higher-minded' vocabulary doesnt automatically = maturity or intelligence.
  8. 92-93 says:

    the boston game displays one thing really was frustrating because they really didnt play that bad but still lost.

    just like in Dallas.
    they dont skate and attack the net so they dont get good chances until its too late. and the other team patiently waits for the leafs to make a mistake and capitalizes on it. this happened agianst both boston and dallas.
    and these kinds of games – in which they play OK or even well but still lose – are bound to happen during the course of the regular season.
    if anything, for those who hope that the leafs have turned a corner, this game shouldnt be that depressing. after tonights game against the bolts we have the 7 game road trip. if the leafs can string together consistent performances over these next 8 games (win or lose) and play consistently well, then i think they just might have turned that corner.
    but as of right now, i dont believe it. again, let us hope that something massive happens – win OR lose (not win AND lose, .500) as it is right now.
  9. 92-93 says:

    well, if you go back to my response to your O'Neill comparison … comparing them is pointless NOT because of the trajectory their careers will take, but because they are two totally different forwards.

    Steen is NOT a liability on most nights. O'Neill always has been and that is only because he plays a different kind of game than Steen (sort of like comparing Wellwood to Steen – two totally different styles – although Steen's game is much more well-rounded and less flashy, Wellwood is nicer to watch simply because of his flash, but also frustrating to watch because some of his experimentations on the ice blow up in his face).
    in any case i like 2 young leafs equally though for different reasons.
    O'Neill? i just dont see how he can possibly enter the equation in any way shape or form when you are trying to make an assessment of Steen. period.
    your definitions of 'break-out' and the application of that singular notion of a what a break-out season is to BOTH O'Neill and Steen are highly flawed as well. when you are talking about two different kinds of forwards playing two different kinds of games, you need to also consider different kinds of 'break-out' seasons. 
    i get the sense that you revel in being a contrarian, and thats totally cool. at the same time, dont let the contraian tendencies cloud  your judgement or long-term view. that is all i am really saying. dont get mad at me for what 'the media' (again, terribly vague) touted Steen to be.
    a top-6 forward that can consistenly put up 60 pts a year and play well at both ends of the rink – not to mention the odd highlight reel pass and goal here or there – is something to treasure in this day and age. 
  10. 92-93 says:

    so youve concluded that you are 'right' about steen.

    at age 23
    with all that he has shown?
    okie doke.

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