Pistol Pete Makes a Trade: Oilers Acquire Patrick Maroon
Pistol Pete Chiarelli and the rest of the Oilers front office made the bulk of their moves on Saturday by somehow getting a 5th round pick and a goalie prospect from St. Louis for Andy Nilsson, and a 3rd round pick from the Penguins for Justin Schultz. They also peddled Teddy Purcell to Florida for a 3rd round pick.
Earlier this morning, the Oil grabbed former Blues and Canucks grinder Adam Cracknell off waivers in one of two waiver transactions. The other one involved picking up this guy:
No, not the fan (I wish it was though). The guy in the Jets jersey who got put through the glass, watched his helmet get stolen, and had a beer dumped on his head. That guy.
Both Cracknell and Pardy are nothing more than warm bodies that were brought in to take up a roster spot and suffer through the final 18 beatings of the year. This will allow a couple of the Oilers prospects to develop down in Bakersfield and gain some experience down the playoff stretch.
At about 2:30 today, Chiarelli had his end-of-deadline press conference and hinted that a deal for a player “with some size” was in the Trade Call queue and would be announced soon. That deal ended up being Patrick Maroon from Anaheim for Martin Gernat and a mid-round pick. (EDIT: Anaheim is retaining 25% of Maroon’s $2 million cap hit until 2018). Here’s how the TSN panel reacted to the trade:
“Patrick Maroon. Large. Slow.”
“How the hell is [Maroon] going to keep up with McDavid and all the speed there? I mean, this guy, you time him with an egg-timer. I don’t know how bigger helps when you can’t skate.”
“He was playing on the fourth line last night. He has 4 goals this year, 3 on the powerplay. But you’re paying the guy $2 million for 3 more years to stand in front of the net. That’s tough.
Hmm, that all seems harsh. Let’s check in with Drew Doughty for his thoughts on Maroon:
Awesome, I was hoping the Oil would be able to fill that Jesse Joensuu void!
In 56 games so far this year, Maroon has posted 4 goals and 13 points with 54 PIMs and a -13 rating. He has a career high of 11 goals (2013-14) and 34 points (2014-15), with his best stretch of hockey coming during last year’s playoff run where he registered 7 goals and 11 points in 16 games.