SAN JOSE – Patrick Marleau responded to speculation that the Sharks are considering moving him shortly after the 1-0 defeat to the Ducks on Saturday at SAP Center.
Below is the brief Q and A Marleau had with reporters regarding his status:
Q: There was a story out of Canada tonight that you’re involved in some trade rumors.
Marleau: “Starting early this year.” (laughs)
Q: How do you handle those kinds of things?
Marleau: “I just go out and play. I can’t control what people are saying, or anything like that. Just focus on what I can control.”
Q: Has the club asked you to waive anything?
Q: Can you imagine any situation in which they would, and you would agree to that?
Marleau: “I don’t speculate or anything like that.”
Earlier in the day, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada said during a broadcast: “One of the names we’re hearing out there is Patrick Marleau. He’s got a no movement clause. There’s zero evidence the Sharks have asked him to waive it so I can’t say who is pushing for it, but his name is definitely out there.”
Marleau is in the second of a three-year, $20 million contract extension signed on Jan. 24, 2014. It carries a $6.67 million salary cap hit.