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NHL lockout: Sharks' Patrick Marlaeu becomes uncharacteristically vocal

Patrick Marleau is far from an off-the-ice attention grabber, like teammate Joe Thornton. The normally reserved Sharks' forward has a theory as to the league's intentions all along.

Marleau becomes projectile vomit out of the mouth of a shark
Marleau becomes projectile vomit out of the mouth of a shark
Jed Jacobsohn

Patrick Marleau has never been accused of being inflammatory. The San Jose Sharks' somewhat aloof forward broke his silence on Monday to voice his feelings on the current state of the NHL lockout. To CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz, Marleau said:

"If [the owners] cared about the game, we would be playing."

Pretty strong comments from a player that prefers to stay in the background.

Initially, it was assumed that Marleau was directly referencing all owners, including his employers, but he later clarified his comments. Marleau believes that there are a small group of owners are holding up the whole process. To veto a CBA proposal, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman needs only eight votes against the measure out of the thirty teams represented. For all the math studs, that's a majority rule of 27% 'nay' votes.

Marleau later spoke with with Josh Rimer or NextSportsStar.com who tweeted the following:

Kurz surmised Marleau believes the league's initial outlandish offer combined with the sudden proposal with a small window to accept to save the season was the NHL's plan all along; along with starting at Christmas and playing a 66-game condensed season.

Patrick Marleau remains in San Jose for the moment. He's not taking possibility of joining teammates like Joe Thornton and Logan Couture in Europe off the table.