Oilers Trade for Patrick 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.


  • 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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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

  • shaner

    as much as I don’t think Nail deserves it or has earned it I hope he plays with Mcdavid the rest of the year and racks up points. That way the whole “what have you done for me lately” will kick in and some GM will overpay for his services……..One can only hope!

  • I think the biggest problem chia has with the current oilers is the complete inability to protect the puck and maintain the cycle. I’m all for this move as maroon has size and strength to do this well. Along with Kassian it looks like chia is trying to equip each line with at least one of these players.
    Hopefully he can manage to bring in Lucic over the summer and we should be in a lot better shape.

  • Great deal for the Oil. I feel like us fans are going a bit too crazy over him, but it was undoubtably a great value trade for the Oilers. Even if he just turns into a 4th line player (worst case scenario), it’s cheaper than Hendricks and a hell of a lot better than Korprikoski. Good job Chia; Maroon will provide the physicality we need in the lineup.

  • gus1000

    If Yak clicks with McDavid and Eberle, why are we trading him again?

    Trade the 1st for defense, run with the rest. Goaltending has been addressed. Davidson,Klefbom, Nurse and Sekera are a solid base with another year under their belts. Don’t we only need 1 top d? The pick and a prospect somewhere gets that. Maybe a free agent upgrade.

    Great top 6 guys, now more beef on the bottom 6. Maybe they aren’t that far off.

    • hockey1099

      Because he is slow. I get he won the oilers skill comp for fastest skater. But put a puck on his stick and players on the ice and there is no speed. He is small. Guess what we don’t need any more small skilled forwards in our top 6. He can’t pass, goes off side all the time has terrible give aways, the play always dies with him, his shot is hard but is rarely on target and then try watching him defensively. Watch yak live for a few games and you will see everything he does wrong away from the puck. Yes it’s worse than when he has it and it’s way worse than on tv.

      The oilers need at least 2 defencemen and its gonna take a lot to get what we need. Way more than a first overall draft pick. No one is trading the oilers a legit #1 dman for an 18 year old kid. That kid plus 2 or 29, 93, and 4 might get us what we need. I hope to god that Montreal has a brain cramp and decides to move subban.

      This team is far off. Still Bottom of the standings. we have to jump over 14 teams just to make the playoffs and that’s still along away from beating the likes of Chicago and LA in a 7 games series.

      • FireScorpion

        Always classy Oiler fans. All I have been reading for 2 years now is how Johnny is about to be put in the hospital. 0 teams have managed it.. included the big bad scary 30th place Coil

        Dream on loser

        • Randaman

          I like Johnny but you must admit, he completely disappeared in the second round against Anaheim last year. I believe the Flames need to have some size on his line just as I would like to see some size on McDavids wing. Maybe with Pouliot out we will get a look at multiple options NOT including Yak.

          By the way, we are in 29th place. Just sayin…

          • Hockeyfan

            Unlike the Coil. on cue for 6 years the league has heard how well the Coil will be “this year”, we just didn’t realize the Coil meant at getting #1 picks. Flames turn this year. Flames go to 3rd round next year, Coil set playoff futility record in new barn. How about Flame GM, pretty good huh? Keep dreaming up your fantasy trades for your soft overrated #1s.

          • OILFANMEXICO

            Flamers are a one hit wonder and dropping like a stone on the NHL billboard charts.

            Hmmm, didn’t you just trade away last years top scorer? Right you have to sign HUGE contracts to Johnny Jockey and Mony. Have fun having money left to improve your team in the summer.

            P.S., how’s the new arena coming along? 😉

          • MorningOwl

            “Right you have to sign HUGE contracts to Johnny Jockey and Mony”

            and you don’t think McDavid will take a monster contract? what a silly statement. Gaudreau is elite, and will cost… so what, it’s not good to have elite talent? what a silly argument.

            Hudler is gone because of age – The Flames are rebuilding…

            “Flamers are a one hit wonder and dropping like a stone on the NHL billboard charts.”

            I am assuming you are talking about their one look at the post season – just one hit… and I suppose that is supposed to be an insult?

            I suppose you think smart rebuilding teams would never want to play well, be fun to watch, and have the support of their fanbase evewn during the tough years, right? Oiler fans would not want their team to “give it their all” every night, compete to their best, demonstrate a “never quit” attitude, right? that just isn’t the way smart re-builders, like the oilers, do it!

            Boy, you really hit poor flames and flames fans in a soft spot… zing! you win! 🙂

          • Jay (not J)

            They don’t give it their all every night though. That was last year’s team. This year they don’t have the same attitude or resilience. Whether that’s coach’s message getting cold (Hartley has a notoriously short shelf life) or just the reality of the team’s situation setting in or something else I couldn’t say. Whatever it is it looks good on them though.

          • MorningOwl

            I can’t totally agree; I think much of the regression this year (not all) is due to goal tending taking a huge step backwards.

            no doubt there is room to question the coaches systems, and lots of and do, (i.e. endless stretch passes, poor showing on PK/PP). has he lost the room? who knows… maybe.

            If your suggesting their attitude isn’t the same, I would look to games like the last several as evidence you are wrong here.

        • Oilerchild77

          A little touchy are we Flamer fan? And a little personal too. Classy indeed. I guess this is just a typical Calgary fan letting their inferiority complex show for all to see. Well, this last comment won’t help your condition any: You have Johnny Hockey, we have McDavid *mic drop*

  • S cottV

    Would be nice to have 2 or 3 lines that could execute a strong cycle.

    It would help with stability big time.

    Kassian brings this dimension to the Drai line and it will get much better – when Hall an Drai are up to speed with it. Anyone can half @ss cycle, but to do it Kings like is a collective art – between all 5 skaters.

    The benefit is much more offensive zone time with possession. Worse case – eat time in the least dangerous area on the ice – a safe haven for the puck.

    Wear out opponents – confuse defensive alignments and take it to the net. If the opposition gains possession, they are 180 feet away and in need of a change.

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had enough of our rush – turnover – counter attack – in the back of our net anti-strategy.

    Maroon brings us one step closer.

    Keep going PC. Any way you could land Lucic?

  • Hawk E. Pashyn

    I posted the following on another article, but thought it applies here. Copy/paste, I just think the deals collectively mean much more than each guy individually. Plus Kassian…

    It’s obvious that their team size needed an upgrade. Seems pretty obvious that they require an enormous mental overhaul in that room, too. The size issue has just been massively addressed. (Principe would have made that pun sound much cornier, I know.) Whether some of these guys can make that dressing room more cohesive at the same time… we wait to find out. I suspect Chiarelli and McLellan are targeting particular ‘types’ of personalities in their search to offset not only the size issues, but also the cliques on this team.

    I’m actually pretty impressed with Chiarelli’s low-cost makeover, and believe it may completely shift the way this team plays. As Rishaug says, they are more cycle-ready, for sure. Worth a shot, given what we’ve been watching this year to date, don’t you think? Crossing my fingers that the chemistry starts to come around alongside all of that newfound size.

    • Reg Dunlop

      Coke machine? You may be right but Maroon is the reason NHL teams should never waste picks drafting this player type. Tambo and Mac never understood this, PC apparently gets that big sides of beef come very cheap. No more flushed-away picks on Moroz types; that is the biggest takeaway here.

  • wiseguy

    I’m willing to see what happens but part of me gets the sinking feeling that we’re in the Darcy Hordichuk, Ben Eager part of the rebuild. That’s the part that we are excited to see less talented try-hards take the place of small, skilled, non-physical players (Cogliano/Gagner/Nilsson). We will then realize that won’t work either.

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice …

    • GK1980

      I like your enthusiasm but until this team proves me wrong they are still bottom 5 next year. A large part of this team plays “not to lose”. They need to start to learn how to “play to win” more consistently. It’s mental and will be hard to break.

  • NoisyNufe

    Definition of a team player(cap related)

    Tom Brady: New England Patriots

    Copied from TSN
    New deal will significantly lessen Brady’s salary cap hit for 2016, which would have been about $15 million.

    Brady, 38, has often redone his contract to help the Patriots’ cap situation.

    Brady also renegotiated his contract in 2013 to help reduce cap hits.

    Some would say he is underpaid for the position given the championship pedigree and his two league MVP awards to go with three Super Bowl MVPs.


    I honestly didn’t know big stars like him did that. To me, that’s complete commitment to helping team success.

    Is there hockey situations that have occurred like that recently ?

    • Hawk E. Pashyn

      This is fascinating, I didn’t know. Reveals more about Brady’s intelligence than anything else. He’s got to be worth well over $100M – if he sacrifices $3M so he can have the best receiver to throw to, or the best blind-side blocking to protect him, then he’s smarter than most realize, because he’s going to get another huge contract for next year, until he can’t play any longer. Oh, and have more success. I can’t fathom why more of the elite talents DON’T do this.

  • Seriously Bored

    What I don’t get is flames fan have continually told us our players are soft and suck even when they get lots of points (ex Hall) because we are still in last.

    Johnny hockey has lots of points and you guys are right near the basement. Sure he has elite talent but doesn’t that mean he is soft and sucks because he can’t carry his team to the playoffs?

    And he has the NHLs best defense behind him…

    • MorningOwl

      I would suggest it is Oiler fans who have been frustrated with (and saying) that Edmonton players are soft. Flames fans for the most part don’t get that deep into Edmonton’s problems.

      also, there is a difference between being little and being soft.

      • Seriously Bored

        Almost everytime I cruise the comments on flamesnation I see flames fans referring to the failed rebuild in Edmonton and some combination of what our failures are.

        There is a difference between small and soft but players are still limited by their size. My point is it takes more than a few high draft picks to make a team no matter what size they are.