Sharks forward Patrick Marleau is among a group of current locked-out NHLers gathering in the desert this week, according to the Arizona Republic.
The list of players that will skate at the Ice Den in Scottsdale is an impressive one, and includes Penguins star Sidney Crosby, the Coyotes Shane Doan, Dallas Ray Whitney, and Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, to name a few. The full group will be on the ice on Thursday and Friday.
Marleau is one of the few Sharks that has remained in the Bay Area. Hes been skating regularly at Sharks Ice while many of his teammates have gone overseas. Veteran defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart have also been regular participants at their practice facility since the beginning of the lockout on Sep. 16.
The Sharks have 11 players currently playing abroad: Joe Thornton and Logan Couture (Switzerland); TJ Galiardi and Thomas Greiss (Germany); Antti Niemi, Tommy Wingels, Justin Braun and Jason Demers (Finland); Joe Pavelski (Belarus); Douglas Murray (Sweden); and Michal Handzus (Slovakia). Ryane Clowe has signed with the ECHLs San Francisco Bulls, but is only practicing.
Clowe has partaken in some previous gatherings in different parts of the country, organized by Crosby. He went to Vail, Colorado and Dallas, Texas to practice and scrimmage before signing with the Bulls.