The veteran forward posted the following message through his wife Christina’s Twitter account:
After thanking Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Leafs fans and the community, Marleau singled-out former teammates Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner in his thank you note for “welcoming us into the Leafs family, and then becoming a part of ours.”
Marner quickly showed his appreciation for Marleau’s kind gesture, quote-tweeting his mentor’s thank you note and adding an accompanying heart emoji:
Matthews posted a tribute to Marleau on Instagram:
Marleau, 39, was traded to the Hurricanes along with a conditional first-round pick and seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL draft in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick.
Since joining the Maple Leafs ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, Marleau amassed 43 goals and 41 assists in 164 regular-season games, as well as four goals and three assists in 14 playoff contests.