When we start writing about Edmonton Oilers forward Patrick Maroon, fans automatically believe we are heading toward trade chatter and rumors. And normally, they would be right. After all, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli could likely fetch a first-round pick or a talented prospect for Maroon, who has been on the trade block for months.
"Well, certainly I think there’s a belief that by the time they’re done on that front that if they do trade him, a low first round pick is a possibility for the Edmonton Oilers and maybe that’s what they end up doing," NHL insider Pierre LeBrun said on TSN's Insider Trading last night. "However, I think if there is a preference or priority for Peter Chiarelli and the Oilers, it’s to get a top prospect, someone who is closer to making an impact on the Oilers roster as they try to make a quick turnaround next year and be a competitive team once again and so there are certainly teams out there with an abundance of prospects that I think can do that for the Edmonton Oilers."
However, as of Friday, there seems to be a major twist in the Maroon trade saga as his agent, Allain Roy, has been revealed to be speaking with Chiarelli as the door not totally closed on re-signing.
LeBrun shared the information on social media this morning, though he remains unsure where the talks are heading. Is an extension truly in the works or is Maroon's agent looking to get more details on where his client could land prior to the trade deadline?
On last night's TSN Insider Trading segment, insider Darren Dreger listed two teams that are interested in Maroon, but couldn't add if both clubs would agree to Chiarelli's demands.
"The Winnipeg Jets are definitely interested in Patrick Maroon from the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins are interested as well. I don’t think either team is really going to want to have to throw in a first-round draft pick to acquire Patrick Maroon, but both teams most definitely have the young assets to be involved in that trade conversation," Dreger said. "So both Boston and Winnipeg paying close attention to what Chiarelli is doing."
Now, not only will the Jets and Bruins need to keep an eye on what is happening in Edmonton with Maroon, seeing that a contract extension could be coming next, instead of a trade. Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson added to LeBrun's tweet this morning, by wondering on the length of a new deal.
And of course, how much?
Maroon publicly admitted the uncertainty surrounding his future has been weighing on him. In 54 games with the Oilers, Maroon has put up 14 goals and 29 points in total.
“It’s hard,” he said to media members. “You go back and sit in your hotel room or your house and think about those things. I’m not going to tell you that I don’t think about them. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t.
“We’re all human, we all think about what’s going to happen to us. Right now I just have to block that situation out. Maybe it’s been in my head, I don’t know, but I have to block it out and play for this team.”
But with this recent report, there is still hope for Maroon in Edmonton.