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Report: The price to acquire Patrick Maroon

Do you think this is what he's worth? If not, name your price.

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There are 3 certainties in life, as of now. Death, taxes, and Patrick Maroon getting traded by trade deadline.

It's just a matter of when, and for what.

The when part of the equation will be hard to pinpoint, as there's a lot of uncertainty right now over which teams are contenders for the playoffs and which aren't. There are some guarantees, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, Winnipeg Jets, as well as a few others.

But the standings being what they are, there are a lot of teams that need to get their ducks in a row before they start making moves. Reports from the big insiders (Bob McKenzie, Elliotte Friedman, Pierre LeBrun, etc.) are out there saying that the trade market is heating up, with more and more GMs having significant discussions.

But at what point do those discussions materialize into concrete trade deals? Hard to say.

Regardless, Patrick Maroon is one of a few Edmonton Oilers' players on the block right now, and with his contract expiring at the end of this season, he makes for an attractive rental pickup at the trade deadline. His $2 million cap hit will be easy for most teams to absorb.

He's on pace for about 40 points, which is more than you can ask for given his salary and playing style, and his 26 points in 42 career playoff games aren't too shabby either.

He's very much the type of player most teams will covet for a deep playoff run, as he provides grit and offense. He will help wear opponents down, and provide an offensive punch, provided that he gets played with the right players. Playing on Connor McDavid's wing has certainly had an impact on his numbers, no question about that.

According to Elliotte Friedman, the price for Maroon is a 2nd round pick and prospect. He didn't specify what quality prospect, but one would assume a mid-level one who has bottom 6 upside, or perhaps someone who will turn into a depth defenseman down the road.

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Oil Country was pretty happy following last night's victory.