Marleau signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Sharks on Tuesday. Marleau was decent while filling a middle-six role in 2019-20, picking up 22 points in 66 contests split between the Sharks and Penguins. The 41-year-old winger is just 45 games shy of passing Gordie Howe's NHL record of 1,767 games played, so it would hardly be surprising to see him hang up his skates for good after presumably setting the record this season. It's hard to imagine Marleau being more productive in 2020-21 than he was last year, so he'll be a fringe fantasy option at best in most formats.
Marleau scored his 11th goal of the season in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Hurricanes. His 562nd career tally was also his first with Pittsburgh. Marleau continues to fill a top-six role for his new club, but with only two points through seven games, he hasn't exactly made a big impact yet.
Marleau garnered an assist in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Senators. Marleau finally got on the scoresheet for the Penguins in his fourth game with the club. The veteran currently finds himself filling a top-six role playing with Evgeni Malkin. As long as he remains in that role, the winger should continue to be a top-end fantasy option on a nightly basis.
Marleau was brought in by the Penguins from the Sharks in exchange for a conditional 2021 third-round pick Monday, Josh Yohe of The Athletic reports. The Penguins were expected to be in the market for a depth forward and get the veteran Marleau, who could still factor into a top-six role if needed. The 40-year-old has notched 10 goals and 10 helpers in 58 appearances this season and could miss the 30-point mark for the first time in his NHL career. Still, the move to Pittsburgh will give Marleau one last shot at lifting Lord Stanley's chalice.
Marleau (illness) will play in Monday's game versus the Flames, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. The 40-year-old Marleau will avoid missing his first game since signing with the Sharks, and he's accrued 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) through 51 games. He's played well and has been floating around the lineup, but he's designated for the top line in this matchup.
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