Patrick Marleau’s been in the National Hockey League for the past 21 years, and despite recently turning 40, the veteran forward has only missed one game over the past 10 seasons.
Entering the 2019-20 campaign, however, Marleau remains unsigned. The former Maple Leafs centre reportedly believes, though, that he’ll end up on a roster this year.
“[There’s] some confidence in Patrick Marleau’s camp that he will indeed find his way back to the NHL,” Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reported. “Obviously [he’s] still unsigned, still working out, but still has a burning desire to continue his NHL career. Remember, he missed one game in the last 10 years, and has a consecutive games-played streak of nearly 800 games.”
Johnston also reported that part of the reason why he may still be unsigned is due to the belief that he wants to remain close to his family, who is located near San Jose. Johnston also stated that his camp is confident he’ll play in the league this season.
Marleau is coming off a down year, as the Aneroid, Sask., native recorded 16 goals and 37 points, failing to surpass 40 points in a non-lockout season for the first time since his rookie season.
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