Rumor: Three Eastern teams linked to Maroon in trade talks

It looks like the big man is all but done in Edmonton…

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According to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Patrick Maroon may not be a member of the Edmonton Oilers for much longer. The pending unrestricted free-agent heads into the NHL’s trade deadline with his future very much up in the air, as teams attempt to put together their best offer for his services.

Friedman reports that there are three frontrunners to land the 6’3”, 215 lb Maroon: the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It remains to be seen what these teams can offer up, but you can bet that Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will be willing to listen. While the Oilers don’t exactly have the best depth on the wing, they also have very few trade pieces. Maroon probably represents the team’s best shot at recouping some young assets for the future at this year’s deadline.

In 53 games this season, the 29-year-old Maroon has 14 goals and 29 points to lead all Oilers wingers in scoring. His three-year contract with an annual cap hit of $2 million expires this upcoming offseason and it's expected that he'll receive a considerable raise on the free-agent market.