Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month, you’d know that the Leafs shocked the hockey world by signing Joe Thornton to a one-year contract. He is now the second long-time Shark to don the Blue and White, with Patrick Marleau being the first back in 2017.
It’s interesting that the Leafs ended up with both on their roster at some point given the rumours three years prior that they were interested in signing them together at the start of the free-agent frenzy. While that ended up not happening, the idea of the top two picks of the 1997 NHL Draft playing together in Toronto remains an intriguing probability so long as both remain in the league.
Now that the Leafs have signed Thornton, should they bring back Marleau at some point next season?
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The one thing the Leafs seem to value in players is familiarity with the organization (see the return of Michael Hutchinson). Members of the team, with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner being the most vocal, appear to have good things to say about the Swift Current native. So if Toronto decided to bring him back in a trade, they …
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation