In case you missed it yesterday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reported that unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Maroon has agreed to terms on a new contract with the St. Louis Blues.
Rutherford provided no official word yet on the length or term of Maroon’s new deal, but did say that the Blues were expected to announce those details yesterday afternoon. That never happened and now people are wondering… what the heck is going on? Did he sign with the Blues or not?
Rutherford issued another report late last night with an update on the situation:
Maroon update: Agent Ben Hankinson tells The Athletic that no decision is expected tonight, and that while the Blues remain a “strong option,” there are other teams still in the mix. #stlblues
Further to that report, Lou Korac of NHL.com reported that indeed Maroon has agreed to terms with the Blues and that the announcement should come at some point today.
Here’s what I got: told that Patrick Maroon to #stlblues has been finalized, could be announced Monday & expected to be for one-year, $1.7 million & that Blues and Maroon will entertain a contract extension when first allowed in January. Looks like Oakville native is coming home.
The 30 year old forward scored 16 goals and 40 points in 74 games split between the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils in 2018-19. He also managed 27 goals just a season prior.
With the Maroon addition, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong’s busy summer continues. The Blues have managed to add forwards Tyler Bozak, David Perron and goaltender Chad Johnson via free agency this offseason, while also adding star centre Ryan O’Reilly via a blockbuster trade with the Buffalo Sabres. In effect, the Blues have subtracted Paul Stastny, Patrick Bergland, Vladimir Sobotka and Carter Hutton from last year’s roster in exchange for O’Reilly, Bozak, Perron and Johnson. Not bad. Not bad at all.
It remains to be seen how Maroon factors into plans with the Blues, but with his addition the team now boasts a top nine group that includes Vladimir Tarasenko, Jayden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, Alex Steen, O’Reilly, Bozak, Maroon and Robby Fabbri. Again, not bad. Not bad at all.
It’s worth noting that Maroon is coming off offseason back surgery, but he’s expected to make a full recovery in time for Blues training camp in September. The 6 foot 3, 225 pound winger adds some much needed size and grit to the team’s forward unit, something that has been sorely lacking since the team traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Pittsburgh Penguins last offseason.