Rumors have been swirling over the past few hours about the San Jose Sharks in talks with the Boston to trade Patrick Marleau for Brad Marchand. It seems the rumors started here with James Murphy of XN Sports, and ever since then everybody has been chiming in.
However, over the last hour or so we have learned that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has shot down those rumors.
“I have had no discussions for Marchand and I have no plans to trade him,” wrote Chiarelli in a text. “I don’t make it a practice to respond to reports in the social media, but occasionally it is necessary.”
The rumors come amid a changing of the guard for the San Jose Sharks who are shopping their older superstars around to see what they might be able to get in return. Earlier this week it came out that Joe Thornton would possibly rethink his no-trade clause if he were to lose fan support.
As for Patrick Marleau, the lifelong Shark, it seems he too is not safe. General manager Doug Wilson has stated as much as well.
Patrick Marleau played well during this playoff run with seven points in seven games, although he had no points in the final three games. On the other hand Brad Marchand has not scored a goal in his last 22 postseason games. This season he had no goals and five assists in 12 games.
In all reality the trade would not have made sense for the Bruins since they would be getting a much older player, and possibly one who does not fit their hard-nosed style of play. For the Sharks, Marchand has had his struggles in the postseason, and considering Patrick Marleau is 10th in postseason points for all active NHL players, the trade might seem unwise.
Still, Marchand is definitely the type of guy who Doug Wilson and the San Jose Sharks are targeting in order to have a more physical presence throughout the season and playoffs.
For now these rumors are just that, rumors, but we’ll keep an eye on this to see if anything more develops. At the very least it should make Patrick Marleau uncomfortable knowing that his name is out there for others who are interested, especially since he just signed a new three-year extension this past season.