According to a report from NHL insider Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic, one to the trade deadline’s biggest targets, Edmonton Oilers forward Patrick Maroon, may not be be on the market come February 26th.
LeBrun reports that, while Maroon is generating some trade interest amongst NHL GM’s, the big winger may end up signing an extension with the Oilers prior to the deadline. Despite taking a lot of calls on Maroon, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is attempting to re-sign the player to a contract “that makes sense.”
LeBrun also quoted Maroon’s agent Allain Roy and managed to uncover details surrounding the All-Star weekend meeting between the two sides. Roy and Chiarelli merely “touched base” late last week and it’s expected that the agent and GM will begin contract talks in earnest sometime this week.
He said his client very much likes it in Edmonton and has a genuine interest in re-signing.
The 29-year-old winger is in the final year of a three-year contract that pays him an annual salary of $2 million. He’s the Oilers’ leading scorer on the wing this season with 13 goals and 26 points in 49 games. And while it looks unlikely that he’ll top last year’s totals of 27 goals and 42 points, Maroon is still a very valuable player for this Oilers team. He’s a versatile player on the ice and one of the team’s most popular players in the dressing room. Given the fragile state of this team’s psyche, would anyone be really surprised if Maroon were given a long-term deal?