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Patrick Maroon wants to come back to the Oilers in free agency

It was a tough pill to swallow even though everyone saw it coming. Being out of contention, the Oilers shipped Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils prior to the trade deadline in exchange for a prospect and draft pick.


Despite being moved, Maroon told reporters that he still wants to be an Oiler. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the team reportedly had interest in extending the Big Rig prior to trading him.

Obviously the obstacle to navigate is having two similar, older wingers in Maroon and Milan Lucic eating up somewhere around $10 million in cap room.

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Patrick Maroon has been an excellent Oiler over the parts of three seasons he spent here and he had excellent chemistry with Connor McDavid. Do you bring him back?

  • toprightcorner

    He said he would be “open” to resigning with the Oilers. That means that if the Oilers give him the best offer, he would take it. Based on reports, the two sides weren’t close on an extention so unless Maroon’s agent has grossly overestimated his value, the chances of the Oilers resigning him are minimal.

  • toprightcorner

    Only way he will sign with the Oilers is if he does absolutely nothing with the Devils and his market value goes in the toilet with other GM’s thinking he only scores with McDavid and then the Oilers sign him for 3 x $3 mill.

  • Svart kaffe

    Playing in Edmonton is rough sometimes with the fanbase being what it is. But on the other hand, if you have won those same fans favour through hard work it’s not bad at all. More people should learn from Maroon – show up every game and leave it all on the ice will turn any player into a favorite and that’s pretty sweet with fans like us. This guy will always be appreciated in Edmonton, no wonder he’s open to coming back.

    • jultz=2cups!??

      Lol. What oiler fans are you talking to that liked Patrick maroon? They aren’t around here. Just the other day oilersnation was rejoicing that he was a healthy scratch because he’s “slower than molasses”. And the reason the oilers have won 3 games in a row is because he hasn’t been in the lineup. Go check the post game blogs if you don’t believe me.

      • Svart kaffe

        I read everything on here and Cult of Hockey, and some other stuff. I don’t recognise that narrative at all. To me it seems like the absolute majority of fans would love to keep him around on a contract similar to the one he plays on at the moment. That won’t happen or course, he’ll make some more money elsewhere.

  • Leo Tard

    If Maroon really wanted to stay an Oiler then he should have played that way. The last 25 games he was dog s**t and every other team in the league saw that. The end.

  • nijames

    Don’t know why you would want Maroon back. He’s slow and with Lucic there already slowing down the game can’t have two of them. The league has changed even in the last year to speed and skill, the cycle game is a thing of the past. If you can sign him for $1.5/year for 2 years then sure bring him back. Anything more than that would be a Chia over payment

  • Dr. Merkwurdigliebe

    No, I wouldn’t resign him. The Oilers need to get younger and faster and the money for Maroon can be better spent elsewhere, in my opinion. Maroon had one good year playing with McDavey, but now it’s time to find a young, fast, natural goal scorer to play with McD.

  • Jaxon

    Maybe Chiarelli is smarter than we think. By waiting until the last minute and thus losing options he was “forced” to trade Maroon for a measly 3rd round pick and a nobody (who will never make the NHL). They also took him off the top line recently. This has all helped sink his value. If he has a great playoffs his value will go up, but if not, his value will keep decreasing. He won’t be on the top line in New Jersey (Hall’s spot) so I doubt he’ll put up big numbers. This will all lead to a decreased salary on the open market and increase the possibility of Maroon coming back on a reasonable cap hit and term. I’m giving Chiarelli way too much credit, I’m sure, but just… maybe.

  • Snoop Scottie Dogg

    So if a guy is only worth a third rounder how big could his next deal be? It doesn’t sound like it should be much more than he is making now. Could the oilers swing a 2.5 a 3 million over two years? Would that be enough to sign him? Let’s face it; he could be Looch 2.0 and take a nose dive in performance.