Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blues Compliment Maroon

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues added a little bit of hometown talent through the free agent market, signing unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Maroon, giving him a 1-year, $1.75 million deal.

Maroon takes a little bit of a pay cut, but the St. Louis native does return home to play for the team he cheered for as a kid, so that seems to be a pretty good trade-off. 

The 30-year old forward split time between Edmonton and New Jersey in the 2018 season, getting dealt at the trade deadline, playing in 74 games, scoring 17 goals and 43 points.  That was good enough for 136th among all forwards in scoring, situated fairly well among the hockey pool worthy forwards.

The Blues have undergone quite the overhaul at the forward position in this off-season, adding the likes of Ryan O'Reilly, Tyler Bozak, David Perron and now Maroon.  I'm hesitant to suggest that all of these moves have necessarily made this team a lot better, but some added size and grit couldn't hurt in the Central Division, surely.

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