The trade deadline is fun for fans of both good and bad teams. Good teams load up and trade assets to try and win, while bad teams sell off their pending free agents and look towards next year. The Oilers fall in the latter, and that could be very lucrative according to TSN’s panel of insiders.
TSN discussed Patrick Maroon and what the Oilers could possibly get for him on their Insider Trading segment.
Geno Reda: Some of the bigger trades that maybe are in the offing, Patrick Maroon, expiring contract with the Edmonton Oilers. What are they looking for in return?
Pierre LeBrun: Well, certainly I think there’s a belief that by the time they’re done on that front that if they do trade him that a low first-round pick is a possibility for the Edmonton Oilers and maybe that’s what they end up doing. However, I think if there’s a preference or a priority for Peter Chiarelli and the Oilers, it’s to get a top prospect. Someone who’s closer to making an impact on the Oilers roster as they try to make a quick turnaround next year and be a competitive team once again, and so there are certainly teams out there with an abundance of prospects I think that can do that for the Edmonton Oilers. One thing to keep in note: agent Allain Roy, the agent for Patrick Maroon expected to speak again with Peter Chiarelli over the next 24 to 48 hours. The door not totally closed on re-signing, but more and more you get the sense he will be dealt given the interest.
Darren Dreger: The Winnipeg Jets definitely interested in Patrick Maroon from the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins interested as well. I don’t think either team is really going want to throw in a first-round draft pick to acquire Patrick Maroon, but both teams most definitely have the young assets to be involved in that trade conversation. So, both Boston and Winnipeg playing close attention to what Chiarelli is doing.
This might be the best news Oilers fans have heard in a long time. Is Patrick Maroon getting a first-round pick? Apparently, a thing that could actually happen.
This would be a fantastic trade for the Oilers. Maroon’s played well since arriving in Edmonton, but there’s not many scenarios where he returns on a contract that makes sense for the Oilers. It’d have to be so favourable for Edmonton, which wouldn’t make sense for a player who is probably going to sign the biggest contract of his career.
Could Maroon really get a first at the deadline? Looking at the past trade deadlines, it might not be that crazy.
Buffalo trades Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round pick to Nashville for a first-round pick.
Columbus trades Jeff Carter to Los Angeles for Jack Johnson and a first-round pick.
Calgary trades Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh for a first-round pick, Kenny Agostino, and Ben Hanowski.
Dallas trades Jaromir Jagr to Boston for a conditional first-round pick (Boston advances to the third round of the playoffs), Lane MacDermid, and Cody Payne.
Buffalo trades Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick to Minnesota for a first-round pick, a second-round pick, Johan Larsson, and Matt Hackett.
Buffalo trades Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, a first-round pick, and a second-round pick.
Tampa Bay trades Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan, a first-round pick, and a conditional second-round pick (pick becomes a first if New York advances to the third round of the playoffs).
Edmonton trades David Perron to Pittsburgh for a first-round pick and Rob Klinkhammer.
Arizona trades Antoine Vermette to Chicago for a first-round pick and Klas Dahlbeck.
Winnipeg trades Andrew Ladd, Matt Fraser, and Jay Harrison to Chicago for a first-round pick, Marko Dano, and a conditional third-round pick.
Dallas trades Patrick Eaves to Anaheim for a conditional first-round pick (Anaheim advances to the third round of the playoffs).
Arizona trades Martin Hanzal, Ryan White, and a fourth-round pick to Minnesota for a first-round pick, a second-round pick, a conditional fourth-round pick, and Grayson Downing.
Teams love giving up first-round picks for famous players. Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr, Martin St. Louis, Thomas Vanek, Andrew Ladd all returned first-round picks. Both Iginla and Jagr were scoring at roughly 60-point paces. Andrew Ladd was below that with a 47-point pace. Vanek was moved well ahead of the deadline. Patrick Eaves, who might be Maroon’s best comparable, had a 51-point pace and was only making $1.15 million.
Martin St. Louis only wanted to go to one team and Steve Yzerman still got great value, although St. Louis had a year left on his contract.
David Perron was having a tough season in Edmonton but still had term on his contract. He was scoring at a 41-point pace when he was traded. Jason Pominville had term left on his deal, like Perron, and received two draft picks and two solid prospects at the time.
Vermette and Hanzal are both centres, but are scoring similarly to Maroon this season. Carter had a bunch of years left on his contract when he went to Los Angeles. Gaustad got a first from Nashville and he was on pace for 24 points. Centers have more value than wingers, but the Hanzal and Gaustad trades shows teams can go a bit crazy acquiring size.
Both Winnipeg and Boston would be intriguing destinations for Maroon. We’ve heard about the Tampa Bay Lightning’s interest, they have a bunch of forward prospects the Oilers could badly use, but the Jets and Bruins have some interested prospects in the system as well. A high-end prospect makes sense with those teams in the mix. The Oilers’ prospect pool is very shallow in terms of legitimate forward prospects. There’s not much of anything beyond Kailer Yamamoto and Tyler Benson, and nothing in Bakersfield right now.
There’s a lot of interesting prospects in Winnipeg’s system. Mason Appleton is having an excellent rookie season in the AHL. He’s also right-handed. Nicolas Petan or Brendan Lemieux would be good fits.
Boston has some young prospects of note in Providence. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson is a young, right-shot centre. Zachary Senyshyn was a former first-round pick, but isn’t scoring as much you’d like. Ryan Donato is a centre scoring well in the NCAA.
Maroon’s proven he can play with really good players. The big winger is on pace for 21 goals and 44 points. He’s looked great alongside Connor McDavid or Ryan Getzlaf, and that could be attractive to a team looking to add scoring depth. Maroon makes nothing compared to a Rick Nash. His $1.5-million cap hit should be enticing to a lot of teams that don’t have a bunch of cap space.
If the Oilers get a first-round pick or a top prospect for Maroon, they’ll have done very well at the deadline.