The night started with an emotional pregame ceremony for Marleau. The Sharks played a video tribute to Marleau and he received a loud ovation that lasted nearly 90 seconds from the fans, who chanted Pat-ty! Pat-ty! Players from both teams tapped their sticks in appreciation as the spotlight shined on Marleau and he waved to the crowd.
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So how did the Patriots plan on keeping him around? Quarterback-needy teams like 鈥?oh, I don’t know 鈥?the 49ers, would’ve been ready to offer a huge amount to a prospective franchise quarterback hitting the open market. New England couldn’t possibly justify dishing out an even more attractive contract that convinces Garoppolo to stay and sit longer.
There was always the option of the franchise or transition tag, but that would’ve guaranteed Garoppolo more than $20 million for the 2018 season. And then what? If Brady plays until he’s 45 鈥?like he hopes to 鈥?how long did the Patriots plan to juggle the situation?
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By trading Garoppolo, the Patriots get a second-round pick and start the hunt over again.
He learned by leaning forward in his dad’s lap and shooting pucks in the basement. Sometimes he slept with his stick. His longtime trainer Jon Benne, whose list of clientele includes pretty much every NHL product from St. Louis, had never been asked into work on Thanksgiving until Keller called last year, looking to accelerate rehab on a bum knee before world juniors. (He eventually led Team USA with 11 points and won gold.) He has impressed both Chayka and first-year coach Rick Tocchet with his breadth of league awareness and knowledge about systems.