The St. Louis Blues continued their stellar off season with the signing of former Anaheim, Edmonton, and New Jersey forward Patrick Maroon to a one-year contract for $1.75-million, according to TVA Sports.
Maroon had 17 goals and 43 points in 74 games with the Oilers and Devils in 2017-18.
Though his best season came on Connor McDavid’s wing, it’s worth noting that Maroon had 13 points in 17 games in the regular season for New Jersey following his trade. That was even with a cut in ice time of over two minutes per game. Even if he were to just score 15 goals this year, doing so on a one-year deal for $1.75-million is worth it.
Often pegged as needing an elite centre to produce, Maroon also makes his line mates better in return. Dating back to his days in Anaheim, the duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry performed much better with Maroon on their wing than they did without him. This was true in 2017-18 with McDavid and Maroon as the team’s shot share declined dramatically when McDavid was on the ice with anyone on his left wing not named Maroon. While Maroon performs better when with someone like Getzlaf or McDavid (almost any player would), he does help in return. It’s not a one-way street.
This signing gives the Blues some flexibility. Though the following is a phrase often used to describe bad players being carried by good ones, Maroon is truly a player who can play anywhere in the lineup. Should they decide to spread Jaden Schwartz to another line away from Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko, Maroon could slot on the top trio (I’m not saying they will split up that top trio, I’m just saying they have options now). He can also slide onto the fourth line and help lengthen the lineup. It provides insurance in case Robby Fabbri’s recovery doesn’t go as planned, though there’s been no indication of the sort, and he’s been fully cleared. All the same, there’s been injuries to guys like Fabbri, Schwartz, and Alex Steen over the years,