Mike Babcock confirms Maple Leafs signed Patrick Marleau to three-year deal despite knowing “the math didn’t work out”

The Toronto Maple Leafs — and more notably, general manager Kyle Dubas — have gotten plenty of flack for their contracts over the last few years.
Toronto and pricey, unrealistic contracts that look bad the moment they’re signed are hardly a new thing for the team that Dubas has introduced. From David Clarkson to Mike Komisarek, the Leafs have handed out money and term like candy for years now, with no general manager immune from it.
As the Leafs prepare to face the San Jose Sharks on Friday evening, though, they’ll face off against a player that they gave too much money and too much term to – who’s now thriving back with his former club on a much cheaper deal.
Patrick Marleau signed a one-year deal with the San Jose Sharks worth just $700,000 earlier this season, helping the club that drafted him 2nd overall in 1997 turn their ship around and stop an early-October losing skid. He’s already put up two goals and six points in his first six games back with San Jose, who inked him to the incredibly team-friendly deal after the Maple Leafs traded him to the Carolina Hurricanes for a buy-out this summer.
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Author: Cat Silverman / The Leafs Nation

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