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Maple Leafs Sign Free Agent Forward Patrick Marleau

by Toronto Maple Leafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed free agent forward Patrick Marleau to a three-year contract. The annual average value of the contract is $6.25 million.

Marleau, 37, joins the Maple Leafs after 19 seasons with the San Jose Sharks. In 1,493 career regular season games, the three-time NHL All-Star has collected 1,082 points (508 goals, 574 assists) and 120 points (68 goals, 52 assists) in 177 career playoff contests. He exits San Jose as the franchise leader in games played, goals, points, power play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals and shots. Marleau's 98 game-winning goals are the seventh-most in NHL history.

The Aneroid, Saskatchewan native has reached the 20-goal mark 14 times and ranks ninth among all NHL players in goals scored since the 2007-08 season (289). Marleau was originally selected by San Jose with the second overall selection in the 1997 NHL Draft.

Internationally, Marleau has represented Canada several times, capturing two Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014), one World Cup gold medal (2004), as well as one gold (2003) and one silver (2005) medal at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

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