9:00 PM EST | July 10 2018
Patrick Maroon is going to do something that very few athletes have the ability to do, and that is to play for your hometown team. Maroon was born in St. Louis Missouri, went to Oakville High School in STL, and played for the St. Louis Bandits in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) before going pro. This is a great move for the Blues for a popular player in the St. Louis area, as this is a team that is trying to break a drought of 49 straight seasons without making the Stanley Cup Final after making it their first three seasons of existence.
If this is the final signing of the offseason for the Blues, General Manager Doug Armstrong has silenced a lot of his critics for his previous trades, (Oshie, Shattenkirk, Stewart, etc.), and has acquired lots of talent. Tyler Bozak is a proven player who excels at faceoffs and the penalty kill, and Ryan O’Reilly is one of the better players in the league who has been on an underachieving team in Buffalo. They had to get rid of a lot for O’Reilly, including back up goalie Carter Hutton, lifelong Blues Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka, and prospect Tage Thompson, but this is a move that should loom effective in the long run.
But Maroon is not just the hometown kid, he has also been a very solid player throughout his career, 178 points (78 goals 100 assists), in 375 games, and he also plays to his big frame, 6 feet 3 inches, and 225 pounds, who averages over 2 hits a game. He is also a fairly clutch player, with 27 points in the playoffs, and 16 of his 91 career goals being game winners. Something Blues fans remember by heart, when he scored a game winning goal in overtime against the Blues in St. Louis when he played for the Oilers in December of 2016, where he was emotional post game knowing that his son in the stands was able to see his dad score a game winner against his hometown team. This signing is a win-win, a win for Maroon, getting a chance to play for the team he supported as a child, and a big win for the Blues money-wise, with a 1 year, 1.75 million deal. It also gives them more forward depth going into the upcoming season. The Blues fan base should have a lot to be excited for in the upcoming season after signings like this during the offseason.
“Patrick Maroon Stats.” Hockey-Reference.com. Accessed July 11, 2018. https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/m/maroopa01.html.