Oilers Trade for Patrick Maroon

Maroon

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired Patrick Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Martin Gernat and a 4th round pick in 2016. The Ducks will also retain 25% of Maroon’s contract for the next two years.

After the deadline had come and gone, Peter Chiarelli revealed that he had indeed made a deal that hadn’t cleared through the trade queue at that time. Fast forward and we found out that the Oilers had traded ghost prospect Martin Gernat and a 4th round pick in 2016 to the Anaheim Ducks for giant human Patrick Maroon. The deal comes after Chiarelli said that he would like to get bigger throughout the lineup and he did just that with this deal.

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In Anaheim, Maroon was a guy that could play up and down the roster including some time spent alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Admittedly, Maroon had been having a down year but it’s worth noting that his ice time has dropped from as high as 18 minutes per night with the Ducks last year in the playoffs to anywhere from eight to 15 minutes this season. If you’re into the fancy stats, Maroon has been a 50%+ Corsi player over the last three seasons which would indicate that he’s generally creating more than he’s giving up. Seems like a reasonable gamble from where I blog. 

At the end of the day, the Oilers give up very little for a player that improves their team today as opposed to a magic bean that may help them down the road. As an added bonus, Anaheim will be picking up 25% of Maroon’s tab over the next two seasons giving the Oilers a cap hit of only $1.5 million for a guy that has produced 34 points as recently as last season. In case you’re wondering, the Oilers had three guys (Eberle, Hall, Nuge) with more points than Maroon’s 34 from last season. As far as bets go, I’d say this was a good one.

PROS AND CONS

  • PRO: Maroon is gigantic and the Oilers desperately need some size in their lineup
  • PRO: Comes in as a guy that can play right now as opposed to Gernat and the 4th that may never play.
  • CON: Skating has been described as “average” for an NHL player
  • PRO: $1.5 million for a guy that can bang, crash, and has a little bit of touch isn’t a bad deal at all.
  • PRO: Beard game is stellar (see above photo).
  • CON: Some scouting reports describe Maroon as inconsistent (not really a surprise for a bottom six player with upside).
  • PRO: Maroon is an underrated colour and hopefully this trade will bring light to that. 
  • CON: The Oilers now have less magic beans and I know how much you guys love your beans. 
  • CON: Some Oilers fans really overvalue 4th round picks. 

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MAROON’S CAREER STATS

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
2011-12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 75 32 42 74 120 17 4 0 0 0 4
2012-13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 64 26 24 50 139 0
2012-13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 13 2 1 3 10 -1
2013-14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 62 11 18 29 101 11 13 2 5 7 38
2014-15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 71 9 25 34 82 -5 16 7 4 11 6
2015-16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 56 4 9 13 54 -13
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL Statistics Unavailable
NHL Totals 204 26 53 79 249 29 9 9 18 44

  • For Pete's Sake!

    This is a great trade for the Oilers. Loved the way Maroon played against Calgary in last years playoffs.

    Exactly what we need upfront on the cycle and in front of the net.

    And was Gernat ever going to play for us? And the Ducks retain 25% of his salary cap hit. Great deal, thanks Chia.

  • GK1980

    Nice pick up, I’ve always liked his game. Maroon and Kassian will help with the cycle game for sure. Finally seems like chia is forming his own team and identity. Lots of work to do still but I like were this is heading.

  • If you compare price and production between Maroon and Hendricks, even if Maroon regresses from 34 points, he’s still a good deal.

    I like what Chi is doing with buying low and upgrading on size. This also give McLellan all kinds of line combos.

  • freelancer

    Chiarelli starting to work towards the Oilers being a bigger western conference team. Kassian and Maroon could make up two parts of a third line next season.

  • Will

    Given what he’s done with Kassian and Maroon, does anyone see Chi trading Eberle for help on D, then signing Lucic in the offseason?

    Lucic, Kassian, Maroon on the wings is just vicious.

    • ziyan94

      Looking forward to adding Laine (6’4 210 lbs) or Puljujarvi (6’3 200 lbs) to the mix. Both are RH, would be a great replacement for Eberle down the road

      • toprightcorner

        Unless his first name is Auston, that 1st better be used to bring a top pair dman. Laine and Puljujarvi are probably 1-2 years from the NHL, thats the typical European forward path.

      • Those guys were so good in the world juniors. I completely forgot about the draft. My preference is to see the pick traded, but would feel very consoled if either one of those two ended up on our prospect list next year.

      • Mr.Snrub

        I don’t know why everytime someone mentions one of the Top 3 draft picks coming here it gets downvoted to hell.

        People we’re in 29th place with 39 days to go in the season, unless the Oil get white hot we’re probably going to pick in the Top 3 and that’s a good thing! Yes it’s embarrassing to be picking that high again, but at this point we’re already the laughing stock of the league so who cares?

        Get one of those big Finns on our Top 6 and then we can break up the 3 Amigos $6 Million dollar boys club for some quality D. Not all 3 of course, i’d keep Nuge & Hall but if we truly want to change the culture of this team one of those sacred cows has to go!

    • NoisyNufe

      You can be sure, if he can get Lucic, he’s gonna have him. I think there will be an overpay, either money, term, or both. But he’s going after him, and I predict July 1st Lucic will be an Oiler.

      • Hawk E. Pashyn

        Dean Lombardi doesn’t waste assets as a rule, and I could be wrong, but I don’t think LA is going to let Lucic get to that stage. Nice in theory, but Chiarelli has no control over this until July 1.

    • fran huckzky

      Anaheim had to make a move as they have too many players on their 50 man roster and they have to shed some contracts. Maroon has been having an off year so we benefit. There is no need for conspiracy theories.

      • .

        The +/- in Anaheim is an anomaly compared to the rest of the league.

        Look at Anaheim’s goal differential as a team this year (+9) or last year (+10) and you’ll see that they’re regularly way below other division leading teams across the league for some reason (typically + 25 to 50), so while the -13 isn’t good, it’s not that strange on the Ducks team where 15 players are at zero or lower on the +/- . Fowler and Kesler are at -5, for example.

          • Seanaconda

            I’ll just wait till I see him for myself before I judge him hahah we didn’t give up that much for him. But his stats don’t really scare me. Look at what we got with kassian

          • .

            He played really weill against the Blackhawks in the playoffs last year–what was essentially the SC Final. I’m not saying that’s what we can expect, only that he’s shown that he’s capable of playing hard and smart. Over a and entire season that’s different kind of challenge, but as you say, low cost and low risk.

        • McPucker

          It’s relative. The next worse one is Getzlaf at minus 6.

          Anaheim’s differential isn’t high because they don’t score much and they don’t get scored against. As I recall, he can skate and he can hit. Maybe he’ll be fine. I hope he is but it still is a bit of a red flag.

  • RJ

    So they picked up two 3rds, one 5th, one bottom-six winger, made two waiver claims (a fourth-liner and a 7th D) and gave up two roster players, a 4th, and a prospect that wasn’t going to be re-signed.

    No additional centres. No top-4 defenders. No top picks or prospects.

    For all the bloggers and commentators saying wait until the deadline, it was underwhelming at best. I suppose now they sell be patient until the off-season and PC will supposedly make some moves to move this from a 30th best team to 20th. Great deadline guys.

    (Had to pick up the slack for Verdad. Lol)

      • RJ

        I don’t think anyone read the comments in the brackets.

        They weren’t re-signing Jultz or Purcell, so they picked up some picks. Not as good as Calgary’s haul for Russell, but infinitely better than the Canucks getting nothing at all for their UFAs.

        They didn’t move Yak, but with Pouliot’s injury, he has a 20 game audition beside McDavid. If he plays well, maybe they keep him, or at least get a better return.

        Nobody is moving a big piece this close to the deadline, so that will wait until the off-season. Like the proposed trade Eberle for Hamonic. The Islanders aren’t doing that until they’re out of the playoffs.

        As for the top pick, it could be as high as first, or as low as fifth (if the Leafs pass them in the race to 30th). Tremendous variance in value means trading it now makes zero sense. They were suggesting today that Matthews was worth more than OEL to Arizona, but Chychrun (potential 5th ov) is definitely not.

        PC made some competent moves, but also didn’t radically change the team.

        • Seanaconda

          Ohh you were being funny. I read the verdad thing I just assumed you actually agreed with him. Wait to see what the draft pick is. If it ends up being a high end player those entry level deals are beautiful. Unless we can get a top dman for it I would keep it. I would probably trade a roster player first even.

          • RJ

            It wasn’t that funny.

            I’d be inclined to trade a roster player first unless you get a ton back. Like, Matthews for OEL trade that they were talking about. I’d still be interested in trading a roster player for a second top-4 RHD.

            Matthews for OEL
            Eberle for Hamonic

            Top-4
            Sekera – OEL
            Klefbom – Hamonic
            Davidson – Fayne

            Greatly improved.

            But if they don’t win the lottery, then they’d probably need to make a lot more moves.

    • DiscoBiscuits

      Turned a lot of nothing into a lot of something, I’d say. “Giving up roster players” is a bit vacuous a statement for players on expiring contracts who weren’t needed for a playoff push and had no hope of being re-signed. The only thing that counts for the Oilers at this point is next season, and past the trade deadline, the value of those expiring contracts to the Oilers is exactly nothing.

      The game for a team selling at the deadline is future costs against future benefits; the rest of this season is a write-off.

      Players walk at the end of the year (Jultz, Purcell, Nilsson) = 0

      Trade them now for picks = Gain, gain, gain

      Cost for waiver wire pick-ups on expiring contracts to replace roster players dealt out = 0

      Deal two players who were never going to crack the roster (Larsen, Gernat), ditto one goalie added = 0

      Add a big body utility player who can slot in anywhere in the lineup = Big gain

      Add the late-round pick for Larsen and, minus the one for Maroon = Pretty much 0 (less the difference between a 4th and 5th round pick)

      Based on what the Oilers will have at the start of next season vs. what they would have had without these deals, and not counting players unlikely to ever make the roster, I see two 3rds, a 5th, a 6th, and Maroon (!) for a 4th and a whole lot of nothing.

      • O.C.

        “Based on what the Oilers will have at the start of next season vs. what they would have had without these deals, and not counting players unlikely to ever make the roster, I see two 3rds, a 5th, a 6th, and Maroon (!) for a 4th and a whole lot of nothing.”

        Solid evaluation. Well done.

        We know you aren’t Jim Benning now too.

  • Mr.Snrub

    I like the deal, zero risk on our end and a $1.5 Million cap hit is peanuts. Maroon’s had a down year and saw his ice time cut in exchange. But the Ducks have been white hot after that rough start and when a team is that hot they rarely tinker with the lineup so Maroon’s been stuck in the bottom 6.

    He probably could have bounced back to his previous 2 season numbers with some time on the Top 6 but that’s hard for a coach to do when everything’s clicking so well.

    Either way i’m actually looking forward to an Oilers game tomorrow night, and i haven’t been able to say that since December.

  • toprightcorner

    Whats that I can start to see on the horizon……..is that an identity? PC looks like he is starting to put an identity on a team that has been “Where’s Waldo” the past 10 years.

    • clrsnldvc81

      Yeah… that’s logical considering the Sharks are going to the playoffs…

      Even if the return was Hall and our 1st you think SanJose is trading their #1???

      give your head a shake

  • Spydyr

    With a guy like Schultz gone and a guy like Maroon in the team just got that much tougher to play against.

    It sure looks like the soft Oilers teams of the last decade are a dying breed. About freaking time.