February 11, 2018 | 9:15pm ET
MAROON ON EDGE AS DEADLINE NEARS
Patrick Maroon, forward
Veteran winger Patrick Maroon knows there’s a very good chance he gets moved by the Feb. 26 trade deadline, and while he understands the situation he’s in, he doesn’t entirely like it.
Maroon, 29, is in the final year of his contract, which comes with a $1.5 million salary cap hit, and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
According to the Edmonton Sun, there hasn’t been any progress in contract talks with the Oilers, setting the stage for a trade within the next two weeks.
“It’s hard,” Maroon told the Sun. “You go back and sit in your hotel room or your house and think about those things. I’m not going to tell you that I don’t think about them. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t.
“We’re all human, we all think about what’s going to happen to us. Right now I just have to block that situation out. Maybe it’s been in my head, I don’t know, but I have to block it out and play for this team.”
Several teams have expressed interest in Maroon, including the likes of the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues. It’s unclear what the exact asking price is, but the Oilers are expected to be looking for at least two assets in return.
Maroon currently ranks No.5 on TFP’s Top 30 Available Players List.