According to a report from Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Maroon has agreed to terms on a new contract with the St. Louis Blues.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares isn’t the only big name UFA to go home, as Maroon the native of St. Louis, Missouri signs with his hometown Blues. No official word yet on the length or term of Maroon’s new deal, but the Blues are expected to announce those details later this afternoon. Prior to his signing Maroon was the highest scoring forward left on the free agent market.
The 30 year old forward scored 17 goals and 43 points in 74 games split between the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils in 2018-19. He also managed 27 goals just a season prior.
With the Maroon addition, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong’s busy summer continues. The Blues have managed to add forwards Tyler Bozak, David Perron and goaltender Chad Johnson via free agency this offseason, while also adding star centre Ryan O’Reilly via a blockbuster trade with the Buffalo Sabres. In effect, the Blues have subtracted Paul Stastny, Patrick Bergland, Vladimir Sobotka and Carter Hutton from last year’s roster in exchange for O’Reilly, Bozak, Perron and Johnson. Not bad. Not bad at all.
It remains to be seen how Maroon factors into plans with the Blues, but with his addition the team now boasts a top nine group that includes Vladimir Tarasenko, Jayden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, Alex Steen, O’Reilly, Bozak, Maroon and Robby Fabbri. Again, not bad. Not bad at all.
It’s worth noting that Maroon is coming off offseason back surgery, but he’s expected to make a full recovery in time for Blues training camp in September. The 6 foot 3, 225 pound winger adds some much needed size and grit to the team’s forward unit, something that has been sorely lacking since the team traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Pittsburgh Penguins last offseason.
It's also worth noting that the Blues currently have approximately $5 million left in cap space before the announcement of the Maroon deal and restricted free agent defenseman Joel Edmundson also requires a new deal. Could this signal a salary dump trade from GM Armstrong? The veteran GM's summer activity continues...