2018 is quite the crazy year for free agent Patrick Maroon, who might now end up with a third team in less than six months as the opening of free agency is just a few days away.
It now seems that Maroon have an opportunity to play for his home team, as the St. Louis Blues have reportedly been in touch with the free agent forward. A new report from team insider Jeremy Rutherford states that the Blues have reached out to Maroon who is about to become an unrestricted free agent. The report has also been confirmed by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
The 30-year-old Maroon, who has spent seven seasons in the National Hockey League playing for the Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and the New Jersey Devils, had mentioned the interest of playing for the Blues around the time he was shipped to the Devils by the Oilers at the trade deadline. With both teams, he tallied 17 goals and 26 assists in 74 games.
Maroon is coming off of a $2 million deal and is expected to demand a higher salary than this previous one, especially seeing that he had a fantastic 2016-17 season and that his 44 goals across two seasons will increase his value on the market. The Blues could benefit from acquiring Maroon, who could boost the lower half of the roster in St. Louis. Maroon would bring in an interesting physicality to the Blues' lineup and could also ensure to put up some points at the same time.
There is some concern since Maroon underwent surgery in May to repair a herniated disk in his back, however, he is expected to be ready for training camp. Making the best decision for his family was one of Maroon's main deciding factors for free agency, so a move back home could make a lot of sense for him.
There was also talks that Maroon could end up back with the Oilers towards the end of the regular calendar in April. after Maroon was moved to the Devils at the trade deadline, in return for rights to J.D. Dudek and thrid-round pick in the 2019 draft. However, the veteran forward always claimed to want to stay with the Oilers, and the opportunity to reunite in the summer might be a real possibility. Here is what The Athletic's Allan Mitchell had to say about this possibility:
"Most of the names here are going to be priced out of Edmonton's range. The Oilers have plucked big name free agents recently (Andrej Sekera and Milan Lucic) but McDavid and Draisaitl's long-term deals have the team counting every dollar. Is Patrick Maroon available at $3 million times three? Is he a stronger option than Puljujarvi? Could signing him allow Nugent-Hopkins to play left wing on the Draisaitl line?"
Where to, Maroon?