Forward Patrick Maroon is officially coming back to St. Louis to play for his hometown Blues.
After an odd few days in which Maroon hired a new agent and rumors flew around about a potential homecoming, the chaos came to an end Tuesday afternoon as the Oakville, MO native signed a one year, $1.75 million contract with the Blues.
Maroon made clear his offseason move was based off what would be best for his family. The 30-year-old’s son and other family members reside in the St. Louis area, helping him make his decision on returning to the Gateway City.
“Growing up in St. Louis, I was a big Blues fan,” Maroon said in a 2007 interview with the Philadelphia Flyers. “I have always loved the game, and enjoyed watching bigger players, the guys who I sort of pattern my game after. I really liked watching Mats Sundin and Todd Bertuzzi.”
Some Blues fans may not be overjoyed by Maroon’s signing, as it will likely take away a spot from Jordan Kyrou or other prospects. While there’s every right to be upset for that reason, Maroon complements the Blues’ roster tremendously.
The 6-foot-3, 227-pound forward creates havoc on the boards and in front of the net, plays with physicality, and grinds on the defensive end. This will allow him to become a key third or fourth line contributor, while his ability to score could make him a solid contributor on the top two lines.
Maroon is currently coming off his best statistical year as a professional, due in part to a mid-season trade to New Jersey. He saw an extended role with the Devils, as he was part of their top power play unit and played as a top-six forward. Maroon scored 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 17 games with New Jersey, and 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) on the year between the Devils and Oilers.
The Blues newest addition is familiar with playing hockey in St. Louis, as he played for the St. Louis Junior Blues (Midget AAA) and St. Louis Bandits (NAHL) prior to getting drafted.
During his time with the Bandits, Maroon won the NAHL’s MVP award in 2006-07, scoring 95 points (40 goals, 55 assists) in just 57 games. He also racked up 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 12 playoff games, leading them to the Robertson Cup Championship. His breakout season was good enough for the Philadelphia Flyers to select him in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Draft.
Maroon has accumulated 178 points (78 goals, 100 points) over his seven-year career. After spending time in Philadelphia, Anaheim, Edmonton and New Jersey, he’s finally coming home.