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 hours away.
NHL insider Darren Dreger has reported that now six teams have reached out to Maroon, who is coming off a three-year, $6 million deal that carried a cap hit of $2 million per season.
This past week, it was reported that by team insider Jeremy Rutherford that the St. Louis Blues had reached out to Maroon who is about to become an unrestricted free agent. 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 returning to his hometown and 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.
While the rest of the interested teams have yet to be revealed, the Devils could also be looking to bring him back on board. It was also believed that the Oilers were studying the possibility to asking him to return in Edmonton. 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?"
Let's see which of these reported six teams makes him the best offer.