Patrick Marleau, Matt Nieto sign with San Jose Sharks

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Patrick Marleau, as expected, will get to chase down the NHL’s all-time games played record as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks announced Tuesday the return of Marleau and fellow forward Matt Nieto, signing both to one-year contracts.

Both deals are worth $700,000, according to a source.

Marleau is the Sharks’ all-time franchise leader in points (1,102), goals (518), power-play goals (161), game-winning goals (101), games played (1,551) and ranks second in Sharks history in assists (584).

Marleau has played in 1,723 games, just 45 shy of the NHL’s all-time games played record owned by all-time great Gordie Howe.

Marleau, 41, returned to the Sharks organization last season, signing a week after the regular season began, after spending two seasons (2017-2019) with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“Patrick is one of the most iconic players in San Jose Sharks history, as well as being one of the most respected veterans in the National Hockey League,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “The leadership he brings on and off the ice has been well documented over his fantastic NHL career and his competitive fire to win is still burning strong. Patrick’s lead-by-example demeanor is inspiring and continues to resonate with our group of younger players.”

Nieto, 27, had 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists), a career-high plus-seven rating, six penalty minutes, and three game-winning goals in 70 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2019-20.

“Matt’s a player we’re obviously familiar with having been here for our Stanley Cup Final run in 2016 and he plays with speed and energy,” Wilson said. “His quickness and defensive responsibility made him one of the top penalty killers on Colorado and we feel that those assets, along with his decision making and playmaking, will bring a lot of elements to our team. We’re excited to have Matt back in San Jose.”

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