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Earlier on Monday, we passed along a link to the OC Register, which just lost its beat writer Dan Wood to the Anaheim Ducks broadcasting booth, that alleged San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau(notes) "refused to waive his no-trade clause" and killed a three-team trade that would have sent Ottawa Senators star Dany Heatley(notes) to San Jose.

No context. No sources. No mention of the third team. Hell, the first line of the two-line story didn't even have punctuation. But the Register has been a solid source for hockey news in the past, and news traveled quickly.

So Sharks beat writer David Pollak of the Mercury News, baffled by the report himself, chased down the story and got this quote from San Jose GM Doug Wilson:

"Patrick Marleau has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause."

Pretty hard to use your no-trade clause when no one has approached you about a trade. The Sharks and Senators have been linked before in a three-team trade rumor, but this appears to be just another false alarm -- if you take Wilson's word for it. Of course, he didn't say he wouldn't trade Marleau.

Meanwhile, TSN talks about the Sharks' stripping Marleau of the captaincy with the man himself along with Joe Thornton(notes), who floats the notion that the deposed captain may only be deposed for the moment:

"Patty's been a good leader, he's been fine, he's definitely not the problem. He's been great for us - he's been great in the post-season, he's been great in the regular season, so I think they just want to go in a different direction," Thornton said. "Maybe Patty's going to be the captain, we don't know...right now nobody has the captaincy or the "A"s so it's too early to talk about it."

Fair enough. But there's no way Marleau gets the 'C' back before the season, is there? What's the message behind that?

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