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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.

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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


  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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

    • 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?

      • 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.

    • 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.

  • Rob...

    I have to wonder if they could have gotten more had Maroon played last night and had a good game. Weird decision given that the player had missed several games with a LBI and was back to being healthy the day before Trade Deadline. Getting sick of Chia.

      • Rob...

        I doubt you and logic are very close friends. Logic would suggest that you don’t ignore the last 1.5 weeks when deciding what a player you are interested in is worth. A fair number of teams were interested. What they were willing to pay likely stays in flux until the last moment. Lots of things could impact that positively or negatively.

    • Randaman

      Our luck he would’ve been hurt. Protecting the asset is what a lot of GM’s do so what is your beef exactly? The return is what I expected. Typical Oiler fans would’ve seen a 1st round pick and a grade A prospect. I saw that in many comments over the last two weeks. Dream on kids.

  • BrandieBear

    Hartman gets a first and Plec gets a 2nd and Chia musters a 3rd and a nothing prospect. Seriously why is he allowed to run this team. I thought our previous GMs were bad but this might take the cake

    • Hemmercules

      Hartman is RFA, he’s way younger and he makes less than Maroon for the same production. Plec is a vet centerman that went in a package deal. Different situations.

  • Natejax97

    Great another 3rd round pick, in 2019. Super Awesome. I would have rather kept Maroon for the last 20 games than those magic beans with this amateur scouting staff. You have a better chance at being struck by lightning and a soviet satellite at the same time than the Oilers turning that pick into an NHL player.

    Maybe they will use it in a trade to someone who actually drafts talent.

    • crabman

      I’d rather a 3rd than nothing.
      2012 Khaira
      2013 Slepyshev
      2014-2015 no 3rd round pick
      2016 looks awful
      2017 G – Skinner decent prospect
      LD- Samorukov looks like a good prospect.

      No home runs there but I would say we have done pretty good overall in the 3rd round in the relative recent past.

  • hagar

    That’s all it was ever going to be. To think Pat was going to get a first round pick was wishful thinking.
    Vegas is completely made of guys like him, they aren’t hard to find.

      • hagar

        I can’t name many average players off the top of my head that are ufas this off season because average players don’t stand out. There will for sure be a lot of people that can put up the same points with mcdavid as maroon did available this of season though.
        Just because he is important to us doesn’t mean he is important to other teams that are actually good.

    • Hemmercules

      Initially it seemed weak but looking at the other trades is doesn’t seem like UFA’s were fetching a huge amount other than Nash. Im not really sure what Boston is thinking there to be honest?

    • EThom04

      I love Patty as a guy and a player, but if it took until 1 p.m. pretty much to get a trade done then there wasn’t much on the table for him. Everyone who thought he was going to fetch a similar return as Nash is living in a dreamworld. Maybe similar numbers, but not even close to the same player.

      • Glencontrolurstik

        What is there then, besides numbers, respect & heart?
        Maroon had all of that, with respect from both us & his team-mates…
        A 3rd round pick is ridiculous… Oh, yeah… He did get a gold medal, that’s got to account for something?… right?

  • CaptainCanada94

    One more reason to hop on the New Jersey bandwagon for playoffs. Good luck Patty and Hallsy! Ray Shero’s my five numbers has Chia taking up all 5 slots.

  • 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.

  • Castrum

    God I love Chiarelli. He can’t make a good trade to save his life (or career). So glad my Jets traded for Stastny. Oilers fans, if you want to see what a competent GM can get in return for virtually nothing, go look that one up.

  • Svart kaffe

    Chiarelli will never do anything worthwhile with that pick and that kid looks like he’ll never put on a NHL jersey. Great.

    At least my other team got a good haul out of Tatar and Yzerman has a real good shot at adding another ring to his collection.

  • Glencontrolurstik

    Why not have signed Maroon for a couple of years? He was not a detriment to the team. A great forward with some good history here… Younger, (with a lot of playing time left) than Rick Nash who fetched NY a heck of a lot more from Boston.
    Maroon has similar numbers to Nash & will only get better as his career moves on…
    Just asking? What exactly are we looking for? Regarding the recent “key pieces” that we have let go, it’s probably right in front of our face? Who are we using as a model player, I hope it’s not McDavid or Draisaitl, because trying to match that talent with what we have, is ludicrous….
    Why weren’t you on Stastney at least? Maroon wanted St. Louis, and we wanted more than a 3rd…
    Maybe J.D. will turn out to be another Boeser? Who knows…
    Best o’ Luck Big Rig…

    • QuitForRealThisTime

      “Why not have signed Maroon for a couple of years?” Maroon camp is probably asking (and I am guess) 4.5mil for 5 years. I would not sign him at that.

  • Eyedoc

    Wow! Once again Chia proves he is a waste of time! A 3rd rounder and a 6th round pick for Bigrig.Lestestu brought more for a lesser player.Did Chia ask too much and wait too long? St Lou got Soshnikov for a 3rd round pick.Why not trade the bigrig for him?What a useless mgt team.

    • QuitForRealThisTime

      So you know that St L wanted Maroon? What was the blues official offer? What were some of the other offers? I assume you know this information. I would also find it strange that Chia would accept this offer, intentionally turning down better offers is surprising. List the offers you know he got here, I would like to give my opinion on the one I would have selected.

  • 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!