Patrick Marleau reportedly may be willing to expand his list of preferable trade destinations.
On Tuesday, an NHL source told CSNCalifornia.com that Marleau’s preferred destinations for any possible trade were the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers.
ESPN’s Craig Custance confirmed that report, but added those teams “were categorized more as a preference rather than the only three teams in the league in which Marleau would accept a deal, keeping the door open for another option to emerge.”
According to several reports, Marleau is thought to be the one interested in exploring his options for a trade. He is in the second year of a three-year, $20 million contract, carrying a salary cap hit of $6.7 million. It carries a full no-trade clause.
Marleau spoke with reporters on Wednesday after Sharks practice, and was non-committal when asked if he wanted to stay in San Jose.
“I’ve been here forever and it’s been a great place to play,” said Marleau, the franchise’s all-time leader in scoring and games played. “I’m not going to get into specifics or anything like that. There’s always been rumors in my career. I don’t really want to feed into it anymore or comment on it. I don’t want it to become a distraction or anything.”
Marleau missed Wednesday's practice with lingering flu symptoms. In 15 games, he has nine points (4g, 5a) and a -3 rating.