October 19, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12), center Joe Pavelski (8, center) and center Joe Thornton (19) celebrate after Pavelski scored a goal against the Calgary Flames during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks defeated the Flames 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Sharks Part Ways With Joe Thornton And Patrick Marleau?



……oh alright fine. I’ll go a little bit more in depth with it.

Although it may be hard for people to believe/remember due to the recent failure in the postseason. The Sharks are just one or two solid defensemen away from being a Cup contender. In fact, even with last years team, they were a Cup contender. They still needed to add one or two pieces defensively, but when they played to their caliber, they could beat anybody in the league. They just got caught playing sloppy hockey, and ended up giving the Kings momentum as they went on to lose the series. But is that a reason to blow up the team and trade the two best forwards that have put on a Sharks sweater?

Absolutely not.

There’s been a lot of talk that Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are “playoff chokers” and always “shrink” in the playoffs. This could not be farther from the truth. Joe and Patrick are consistently year in and year out some of the top playoff performers for the San Jose Sharks.

Thornton did not have a great postseason this year, but every year since then, he has been almost a point a game player in the NHL playoffs. He has 100 points in 132 games. And Marleau? He is second among active goal scorers in the NHL postseason. The only player ahead of him? Jaromir Jagr, who is about 10 years older than Patrick. He has 12 more goals. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are great forwards in the regular season, and they are great forwards in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. End of discussion.

I’ll sum up this simple article with what Fear The Fin had to say on Twitter.

Thank you, and good night.

Tags: Joe Thornton Patrick Marleau San Jose Sharks

  • JK

    “He is second among active goal scorers in the NHL postseason. The only player ahead of him? Jaromir Jagr, who is about 10 years older than Patrick. He has 12 more goals.”

    Where did these stats come from? Jagr has 78 playoff goals, Marleau has 60. If my math is correct, 78 minus 60 = 18 … not 12… (p.s. comparing marleau to jagr is rather hilarious)

  • Waxifari

    Blah blah blah every damn year. This is really very simple – do you value a gritty, competitive team or having two of ‘the best forwards’ (on paper) in your line up? I think its been obvious since at least 2007 that this team will never win a cup with Marleau in the line up. And Joe’s perimeter game is stale as are the no look passes and persistent bad give aways. It was novel in 2005 but its gotten less entertaining and less effective every year since.
    I wipe my a$$ with the stats above. The stats dont get it done. The stats dont tell the story of the infectious, unwillingness to ‘do whatever it takes’ that permeates this franchise. I want a team I can be proud of playoffs or no. If this is about selling tickets and merch then maybe you need Thornton and Marleau. If its about playing inspiring hockey then DW should man up and do whatever it takes to part ways. For example I would be way prouder to rep a team like the Avs then our bunch of ‘poor me’ sorry sacks.
    Dump it. No regrets, don’t look back.

    Remember when the Thornton trade was touted as ‘the worst transaction in history’ next to only the Gretzky trade? Yeah well who won the cup sooner genius prognosticators? Yeah Boston did. And they are in an entirely different league than us in terms of serious cup contenders.

    Keep these guys start working on your choke excuses for the next three years +
    The fact that this discussion is had so consistently in the media is clear evidence of what should be done.