Patrick Marleau Stays Hot As Sharks Beat Wild

Posted: 11th October 2009 by Nick Burger in NHL
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Is Patrick Marleau a very different player without the weight of the captaincy on his shoulders, or very much the same player? This has been the question that many analysts have asked. I would argue the latter. Before the Sharks' traded for superstaráDany Heatley on September 12, the most frequent topic of discussion surrounding the San Jose Sharks was Patrick Marleau losing the captaincy and how it would affect the Sharks' former captain of five years. Does five goals in San Jose's first five games of the 2009-10 season answer your questions? The 30-year-old has been the Sharks' most consistent player on a team that has been anything but that in its first five games, and he is currently on pace to score 82 goals this season. An effort toáaccomplish that featáwould be noble, but naive. ...

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