Marleau (thumb) is available to be picked up by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.
The first thing Vegas general manager George McPhee will want to determine is whether Marleau plans to come back for another season. The 37-year-old winger's name has circulated as a potential retiree, but if the Golden Knights can secure a contract from the Saskatchewan native, they would be in a position to add an elite caliber player who hasn't missed a game since the 2008-09 campaign.
Marleau was powering through a broken thumb at the end of the year, Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports California reports.
Marleau still managed to register a goal in each of the Sharks' final three contests despite the broken digit which almost certainly affected his ability to shoot the puck. The winger posted his lowest point total (46) in an 82-game season since 2001-02 (44). What the injury and the slight drop in production mean for the veteran's long-term future remains to be seen, but he will have an important decision to make as he will become a free agent on July 1 unless he re-signs with San Jose before then.
Marleau scored the lone San Jose goal in Saturday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Oilers.
Another tough exit for Marleau, who is a UFA this summer. He scored in three straight games to close out the postseason and did his best to try and send the series to a Game 7. It remains to be seen whether the veteran will stay in San Jose or move on, but he proved with 27 goals this season that he's still a very capable goal-scorer who is worth owning in most fantasy leagues.
Marleau chipped in a power-play goal and an assist in Tuesday's 7-0 Game 4 win over Edmonton.
Marleau contributed to his team's 4-for-8 night on the power play and was one of many Sharks to pick up their first points of the series following a 3-2 overtime win and back-to-back shutout losses. His 18:38 of ice time put the veteran over the 18-minute mark for the third time in four games, but he has just five shots and an even rating to show for all that effort.
Marleau scored an empty-net goal Sunday against the Canucks.
The veteran has been rather productive of late, potting four goals and adding an assist in his last seven games. Marleau's 46 points are remarkably close to last year's 48-point showing, while his plus-4 rating is significantly better than the horrendous minus-22 from a season ago. Perhaps most impressive is that he's recorded near similar production while receiving over a full minute less of power-play ice time (3:02 vs. 4:25 in 2015-16), so clearly the 37-year-old has something left in the tank.