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Maroon traded to New Jersey in exchange for a 3rd round pick and a prospect

The Edmonton Oilers have traded Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a third-round draft pick and (reportedly) for prospect JD Dudek from Boston College. Losing the Big Rig was a trade that we all saw coming, and now it has finally become a reality. Goodbye, Patty, we’ll miss you.

Ever since coming over from Anaheim at the deadline in 2016, Pat Maroon almost instantly staked his claim as a fan favourite. Not only could the big man put the puck in the net, he also fought, his interviews were priceless, his contract was affordable, and he brought his adorable son all over the continent to watch him play hockey. That’s the kind of player that Edmontonians love and to see him leave is a bittersweet moment for all of us. Sure, we want to get a return for expiring assets especially when the playoffs are out of reach, but Pat Maroon was a bright spot for Edmonton from the first day he pulled on the jersey. Seeing him go sucks.

That said, Peter Chiarelli did do the smart thing by moving Maroon for a pair of assets at this point, disappointing as the return may be. Maroon, will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1st, will be turning 30-years-old in April and is likely looking to cash in on what could be his last chance at a big contract. Now, who knows what kind of deal he was looking at to stay with the Oilers but the reality of the matter is that Patty is on the back-nine of his career and those are the kind of details that the team can’t be giving out, especially with the cap crunch that will soon be slapping us in the face.

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At the end of the day, I would have preferred that the Oilers found a way to keep Maroon and get rid of Lucic but those are not the cards that we’ve been dealt. Not to mention, a move like that would not likely happen with Peter Chiarelli still manning the fort. Instead, we see a guy that had chemistry with Connor McDavid moving on to a playoff push with Taylor Hall and the Devils in exchange for a 3rd round pick and a mystery prospect. It’s tough to see you go, but that’s the business we’re in and these friendships don’t ever seem to last forever.

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So long, Patty. We’ve had some great times together and I’ll miss you.

THE RETURN

At the end of the day, this was a move that we knew was coming and it was just a matter of waiting to see what the return would be. When Peter Chiarelli spoke late last week, he mentioned the want for actual hockey players that could help in some capacity now and not draft picks that they’d have to wait on for years. At first, it looked like we were only going to get the 3rd round pick for Patrick Maroon and I think everyone would have been disappointed with that. That said, Devils’ prospect JD Dudek is also reportedly attached to the deal so Chiarelli did follow through on his word of getting a warm body back on these trades. How good is JD Dudek? I have no idea. I’ve never heard his name before just not, but what I can tell you is that he’s a right-shot centre that’s playing for Boston College in the NCAA.

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Source: Elliotte Friedman, Verified Twitter Account, 2/26/2018 – 1:18 pm MST


  • toprightcorner

    When STL at the last minute decided to sell and trade Stasney to WPG, that took 2 of the top options to trade Maroon. BOS took Nash, who is a better all around player. Once Kane was gone, there was really no other option to trade Maroon to a team who really wanted him.

    Chairelli had to find a partner in an hour to make a trade and that desperation lowers the return. NJD wasn’t on anyones radar. NJD already thraded their 2nd rounder so PC ground out for an avg prospect with the 3rd. With 2 other prospects already playing at Boston College, they have seen this guy a lot and maybe they see something.

    It wasn’t a great return, but it is what was expected

  • D'oh-ilers

    Back in 2015, I kept saying “The Oilers should hire Ray Shero.” and everyone told me I was an idiot for even suggesting it because he was going to ruin the Oilers like he did the Penguins. They were kind of right. He’s definitely ruining the Oilers now.

    • Spaceman Spiff

      Yeah, that’s the thing that many people on here don’t seem to be getting. If there was a better deal to be had out there … it would have been had. It’s not that complicated. The market has spoken for Maroon and it said “long-shot prospect and a third.” We got what we were going to get.

      • crabman

        Did the market speak or did he have some other options and waiting too long trying to get a better price? Waited too tong and his trade partners found a different option leaving him high and dry and scrambling to find anything.
        someone else in this section mentioned a trade this small doesn’t take right up to the wire to get done. this was desperation to get anything rather than nothing.

  • GinYCC

    A couple more assets for the “fan” base to pick apart and run out of town. And then of course blame everyone and everything else using perfect hindsight.

    Sometimes it’s really easy to see why its so hard for the Oilers to sign FAs without overpaying or to develop young talent. What UFA would want to play in front of this toxic fan base and how fun would it be to be a young player having your game ripped apart on a regular basis?

    Good luck Patty, wish you the best!

  • TheStefman

    Not exactly sure why so many people thought Maroon was going to net “at least a second, likely a first”. I think for a guy who generally only produced with McDavid, stocking the cupboards with a third, and prospect, is a fine return. He upgraded the assets he used to obtain Maroon as well, so there’s that.

    • EThom04

      Nash is a defensively responsible player who kills penalties and can score. Him and Maroon are not the same player so their returns shouldn’t be compared.

      • Natejax97

        Nash is a past Olympian and a past Captain of the Blue Jackets…both are past. The players are remarkably similar now. Difference being the big sexy name Rick Nash. Big Rig is a playoff difference maker. He will make Jersey better, at 1/4 the cap hit. So yes, the return on Maroon should have been a bit better.

        • EThom04

          My point was Maroon doesn’t kill penalties and can be a defensive liability. Not saying the return was great for him, definitely think he could’ve gotten a 2nd. But for just those two traits Nash deserved a bigger return. Boston definitely paid heavily though for the sex appeal of Nash

  • Soccer Steve

    Let’s be real. Maroon was being paid for in part by another team. He had a very good year…as a bounceboard for McDavid. Away from McDavid he produces like a 4th liner (Stauffer’s words, not mine, even though I agree). Speed is the in-vogue trait right now and Maroon is not fast. We got what we got for a guy who might struggle to find 3 years term on his next contract. The league isn’t dumb, they see these things too.

    • MrBung

      Not simply in vogue. Teams are winning with this approach. It is a combination of NHL rules/enforcement and the ongoing trend for years with the league getting younger and the talent coming in more ready than ever.

    • GK1980

      So with that said, would you offer Maroon term for 2 mill a year? He would take on a bottom 6 role. He likes Edmonton and adds character to the room as well.

  • Explicit

    Request a trade Connor. Don’t let pride ruin your career and legacy. This franchise is broken. Get out while you’re young and go join an organization that is capable of winning instead of breaking your back tugging along a pathetic organization stuck in the 80’s.

    Oilers have been rebuilding for over a decade and still have nothing but a couple guys they lucked out on in the draft cuz they sucked so bad.

    Seriously, get out Connor!! Get out before your career and legacy is ruined. The oilers management has no plan, they’re desperate and have no plan.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      Wow, just wow…
      I always was proud of the Fans of Edmonton not giving up on there teams.
      Eskimos, Oilers… through thick & thin. Was this the last straw for you or did you just move here from Vancouver?
      Hang in there,… have a drink?

  • Beer_League_Ringer

    -Good source on Twitter (Friedman, I think) said Maroon’s agent was asking for 4mil x 5years with full NMC (!?)

    This leads me to believe that Chiarelli was trying to sign, not trade Maroon. (I wouldn’t have done that deal for Maroon either).

  • Zalapski

    I’m not here to troll what so ever, but do you guys worry about the asset managing Chia has been showing. Every single one of his trades seem to be confusing. I’m a fan of both Alberta teams because I split time living in Flames and Oil country during my youth. The Reinhart deal, the hall deal, this deal, the Strome deal. It seems he undervalues what he has and over values what he can get in return. What do you guys think of the job he’s doing? Either way, good luck guys!

  • Marlees

    What should we have gotten for Maroon? He’s 187th in points this year and is a UFA. We gave up a fourth rounder and a middling prospect for him. Getting a third rounder back and another middling prospect is not terrible.

    • Natejax97

      We should have gotten at least a second round pick or a little better than a no name prospect for him. Maroon is a difference maker in the playoffs. This is not rocket science. His PPG is actually higher than Nash’s for the past 2 years, and virtually no cap hit…

      • Hemmercules

        Boston got fleeced on that one. That is a puzzling move. Spooner was apparently well liked and has basically the same all around numbers as Nash does. After seeing that trade you would almost think Chia is still working for Boston.

  • DarkLinkCosplay

    Maroon has more points than Nash and the same as Tatar over the last two years! Chia did this to himself, all the GMs in the league probably hardball him knowing he’ll crack. I’m tired of seeing chia throwing our resources away. We should organize a fire chiarelli chant at a game

    • BasementDweller

      Maroon also played with Connor McDavid, pretty sure Nash and Tatar didn’t have that kind of talent to play with. Let’s face it, Maroon without Connor isn’t worth a hell of a lot.

      What would people rather see happen? Chiarelli not trade him and sign him to bloated contract to handcuff us even more?

      • DarkLinkCosplay

        Maroon’s stats with and without Connor Mcdavid arent so different… With MCD 1.87 P/60, without MCD 1.68 P/60. I’m not saying that he should have gotten what Nash and Tatar got as I believe they were both overpays, but why is there such a vast difference? Tatars best year was 56 points FOUR years ago… And his numbers this year are worse than maroon. And even though Tatar has contract just comparing the trades… Like wtf.

    • QuitForRealThisTime

      Nash has mystic and Tatar is not a rental as he has a contract. I don’t think these are comparable. I think Boston massively over payed for Nash.

      • Snoop Scottie Dogg

        I think Boston thought that they were trading for Nash from 5-7 years ago. I think Maroon is the better player today but lacked the star power. Not that that helps you win games. I did think that the price for PM should increase after the Nash deal though. I hope Boston wasn’t stringing along Chia again.

    • The Dave

      If you were expecting a similar return on Maroon as NYR got for Rick Nash you were destined for disappointment. The talent level isn’t close at all between the two.

    • GK1980

      You can’t compare Maroon to Tartar or especially Nash. Come on man, Maroon had one good year playing mostly with McDavid. A lot of you think Maroon was some kind of superstar or something.

  • tkfisher

    Rick Nash 18 goal, 28 pts in 60 games.

    Maroon 14 goals, 30 pts in 58 games.

    One got
    2018 1st-Round Pick
    F Ryan Spooner
    F Matt Beleskey
    D Ryan Lindgren
    2019 7th-Round Pick

    and the other one goes for a 3rd and a throw in.

    #oilersexchangerate

      • OnDaWagon

        I think, it’s about 1 ladyboy every 2nd year. I might be wrong, and it might be more. I’ll go through the pictures and let you know in ah bit.

        Anyway Patty, good luck in NJ. They got a real nifty, nifty rookie there. I think you’re in for a sweet treat. There’ll be chemistry there, i think.

    • The Dave

      Yeah, a first overall pick with 800 points in his career and two Olympic Gold Medals is comparable to a guy with 165 points who put up 27 goals playing with Connor McDavid.

      NYR got a really good return on Nash, but the tale of Patrick Maroon is still one of good asset management. We traded to get him for Martin Gernat and a 4th at only half of his salary, got a career year out of him, and then flipped him for another minor propsect and a 3rd. That’s good. Patty had good production with McDavid and gave us some good hockey, but anyone who thought we were getting a much better deal than what we got is crazy. Y’all know that Evander Kane and Rick Nash can score goals with or without a superstar center, right?

    • Hemmercules

      Tell me this. If you were Boston, would send that package over for a couple months of Nash who is only a slight upgrade on Spooner??

      There is always a strange trade at the deadline. That Boston one was the one in my opinion.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Wow how quickly you all forget. When Edmonton acquired Maroon, they paid a FOURTH and Martin Gernet. This isnt different from what they gave up to get him

    • IRONman

      Missing the point here. Maroon put up points. This is not figure skating!! This is hockey measurement is points. Heavy players are valuable, especially in playoffs. Good for the devils. Hall and now maroon. What next Nuge?? Fire pc. Junk

    • Svart kaffe

      The difference is he has got better since then. And I’m not just talking riding shotgun to McDavid. NJD gets a leaner and more driven Maroon than the one Anaheim gave up.

  • corky

    Get used to this. Maroon the type of role player that is interchangable on a roster like this. Bring him in cheap. Does well but team cant pay more because of star salaries, lets go and replaces on the cheap. Chicago has been doing it for years. Part of da biz.

      • Jonrls99

        Tbh we needed to give Sekera that contract at the time because we literally had 0 decent defensemen when he signed. Part of the high AAV was so he’d actually come here too.
        as for russel, it’s a little questionable and I was opposed to him returning but he’s putting up decent production this year, it’s more the term that’s dissapointing.
        As for lucic…. ya idk ?

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    I initially thought we got nothing in return for Maroon. At least we got a 3rd and Dudek for him. All the best, Patrick. Go and win a Stanley Cup, buddy! Make us proud!

  • Heretoday

    Following the oilers on this trade deadline day was just as exciting for me as watching the last few seasons of The Curse of Oak Island. Always waiting for them to find some treasure but always ending up with scraps and junk that get talked about way more then it ever should.

  • Spaceman Spiff

    Disappointing return, but I’m prepared to cut Chiarelli some slack because, to me, this deal has the look and feel of a deal that happened because a “Plan A” deal fell through, probably pretty late.

    Think about it. This is not a “complex” enough deal to push to the deadline… unless it took to the deadline to execute. And, in my opinion, it only took to that point because Chiarelli had other options that had likely fizzled out. Otherwise … if this took place at 9 a.m., it would have been announced at that time.

    At any rate, the market has spoken on Maroon, folks. Third-rounder and a long-term prospect. We got what we got.

    • jaggsonwire

      Yes, it smells of a last minute calamitous blow up. So obviously Shero and Snow are on Chia’s speed dial as “please give me something or I’ll lose my job” because both GMs just keep stealing our assets. Seriously, what happened to the “market” Chia was creating for Maroon? How is it that Nash gets the return he does and Maroon is sent away for virtually (percentage wise) no chance of an NHL player coming back? It’s downright disgusting to see the team dismantled this way, slowly and painfully. Time to drink.

      • Spaceman Spiff

        Actually, the market spoke and it was “longshot prospect and a third.” If there was more out there, we’d have seen it.

        That’s the thing we need to remember, people. You take what you can get in situations like this and this is the best he could get. It’s not that complicated. We move on.