The Edmonton Oilers are still going on the trade market with one specific prime bait candidate, and the thought of others potential transactions - but general manager Peter Chiarelli was adamant about avoiding risky moves and making blockbuster deals just for the sake of it.
Which is why it seems to make sense when Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson reports Oilers winger Patrick Maroon could be moved to a team that is safe and familiar.
While the Boston Bruins have been seeking a top-six winger, their need for a boost on the right side seems too important to make a move for Maroon. So Matheson then wonders if the Anaheim Ducks might want Maroon back.
Maroon, who came to the Oilers from Anaheim at the 2016 deadline for a fourth-round pick and Martin Gernat, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July and has been clear about wanting to stay in Edmonton.
“You know the situation I’m in,” said Maroon. “But I’m an Edmonton Oiler, I want to stay here. I love this city, the fans, this group of guys. I think my teammates know that.”
Matheson speculates the asking price for the left winger could be a younger prospect winger or NHL roster player.
"He’ll likely look for a younger prospect winger or someone on an NHL roster right now rather than a draft pick. Who knows, maybe the Ducks would want him back?" writes Matheson.
There is also the possibility that centre Mark Letestu, who is also slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is another forward Stanley Cup-contending teams will be calling about. Could he return to the Columbus Blue Jackets - or will the Bruins try to land him?