Patrick Marleau no longer captain in San Jose

The San Jose Sharks are without a captain.

Coach Todd McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News that the captaincy position is vacant.

“As of now, nobody is our captain,” McLellan told the paper.

The Mercury News also noted that the assistant captain positions (held last year by Joe Thornton and Mike Grier, who has since signed with Buffalo) are open as well.

“It’s a collective thing and it starts with me as coach,” McLellan told the Mercury News.

The plan for the Sharks is to go into training camp with an open mind and see if anyone assumes a leadership role. McLellan didn’t rule out the possibility that Marleau could earn the captaincy back.

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“I want to see who’s stepping up to the front,” McLellan told the newspaper. “We’ll see as it evolves. I can walk around town and everybody’s giving me a suggestion. We can talk about it internally – everybody has an opinion. I believe it’ll sort itself out.”

Marleau has been the target of fan ire as the team has struggled to achieve in the playoffs. However, he has a no-trade clause and one year left on his deal.