The Pittsburgh Penguins have grabbed their man. And it turns out it’s 40-year old veteran forward Patrick Marleau. The Pens and Sharks have reportedly agreed to terms and the deal is being finalized right now.
Per @PierreVLeBrun, Patrick Marleau to PIT pending trade call.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2020
The price will be a third round pick, which becomes next year’s second round pick if the Pens are able to win the Cup this season:
Third-round pick to San Jose. The pick becomes a second-rounder if Pittsburgh wins the Cup. https://t.co/sL6L9r60yG— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
As Josh Yohe said in The Athletic Marleau became the Pens’ focus:
Rutherford’s primary interest is to make his bottom-six better before today’s deadline is complete. Ideally, he would prefer to add to the bottom six with a skilled player who can produce offense. In Marleau, the Penguins would be adding a player who theoretically could play with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin from time to time, if needed, and who could aid the second power-play unit.
And that should be accomplished. Marleau can pop up on a scoring line and hopefully add a little more scoring ability to a lower line. He’s one of the oldest forwards in the league, but still is searching for his first Stanley Cup. That search will continue this spring in Pittsburgh.
From the looks of it Marleau has a little bit left in the tank. And given that the Pens have had to play minor-league level players like Anthony Angello and Andrew Agozzino as of late, they frankly could use the on-ice boost.
Patrick Marleau (to Pittsburgh) is a high-event forward with some power-play upside. pic.twitter.com/Zr8Li91Lzs— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) February 24, 2020
For a frame of reference, Marleau is in the 85th percentile of NHL forwards for his ability to generate scoring chances and quality shots relative to his teammates *this season*. That's some good offensive punch. 72nd percentile in generating xG overall. Numbers via @Billius27— Jesse Marshall (@jmarshfof) February 24, 2020
What a great pick up for Pens - nothing but great things to say about Patty !!#questforthecup— Tyler Kennedy (@Kennedy4848) February 24, 2020
It will be interesting to see how Marleau is used with the Pens. Pieces like Dominik Simon and Dominik Kahun have been on scoring lines. One would think Marleau would get at least cameos on top lines to see if he can contribute more than those types of players.
If not, the Pens could have a lower line Marleau. Marleau’s defensive metrics are down, but he was playing on a bad team and will have the benefit of more responsible (and better) teammates now in Pittsburgh.
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