The Toronto Maple Leafs got back on track last night with a road win over the Anaheim Ducks, and in the process Patrick Marleau scored the game-winner and his fifth goal of the season. More importantly, it was Marleau’s 100th game-winner of his career, another milestone checked off the list.
Though many believed the Maple Leafs hugely overpaid for Marleau’s services this summer, he’s been one of the team’s most consistent players through the first month of the season and has even turned back the clock to move back to center ice for the team. Marleau now ranks 39th all-time on the goals leader board, passing Hall of Famer and Buffalo legend Gilbert Perreault with 513. While the latter part of his three-year, $18.75MM contract has a good chance to look bad, the Maple Leafs have loved his contribution so far.
- Chicago Blackhawks fans know all about performance bonuses, as they’ve had to pay overage bonuses for the past couple of seasons due to the huge scoring output of Artemi Panarin. Scott Powers of The Athletic dives into who can earn what this year for the team, a picture that looks a little brighter. An interesting note is that Patrick Sharp has already earned his $200K bonus for playing in ten games, making his a one-year $1MM contract.
- Vadim Shipachyov is once again not on unconditional waivers but according to Eric Engels of Sportsnet is back in Russia waiting on the next step. The suspended forward is expected to eventually be placed there to have his contract terminated, but the Vegas Golden Knights are looking for a guarantee that he won’t be claimed by one of the other 30 teams. If he is, the Golden Knights won’t get back the nearly $2MM they are owed from his signing bonus.